Date(s) - 02/26/2019
Watch as a Guinness World Record for the most toothbrushes lined up in a row is attempted. The toothbrushes are individually wrapped and will be distributed to a local Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club and other community organizations serving children.
What’s the motivation? When Christine Forster was a Big Sister and a mentor at Partners Mentoring Youth, she often found her little sister to be lacking basic toiletries. Sometimes the young girl would ask her specifically for a toothbrush. Since she came from a family of dental hygienists, she knew how important oral hygiene was, and she would put together gift bags of toiletries for the family.
This World Record event will bring awareness to this issue and get 40,000 toothbrushes to kids in the area who need them and is made possible by Delta Dental of Colorado, Nanci Garnand of Re/Max Real Estate, and the Loveland Design Center.
February 26, 7 am. At the First National Bank Building, North Hall at The Ranch, Loveland.
For more information, visit milesofsmilescolorado.com.
• February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. A critical time to highlight the oral health of Colorado children.
• According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, untreated cavities are the most common chronic illness among U.S. children ages 6–11.
• Tooth decay is four times more common among U.S. teenagers than asthma.
• More than 40% of children have dental cavities by the time they reach kindergarten. American Academy of Pediatrics
• Children with poor oral health are 3 times more likely to miss school as a result of dental pain which means that Colorado children miss thousands of school hours every year because of preventable complications of cavities which makes it harder for them to learn and affects academic achievement. American Journal of Public Health
• There is an unmet need for oral health care in Colorado. Only 56 percent of Colorado children six and younger visited the dentist in the past year.
• Seventeen of Colorado’s 64 counties are considered dental deserts – no practicing dentists or dental clinics in the counties.
• Children 6 and younger with dental insurance are 3 times as likely to get care. Colorado Health Institute