Academic journal article Journal of School Health

"Bright Smiles, Shining Futures" Response

Academic journal article Journal of School Health

"Bright Smiles, Shining Futures" Response

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We were very pleased to see that the article "Bright Smiles, Shining Futures" generated interest at the federal level. We fully agree with the National Institutes of Health that the dental health of refugee children rarely receives the level of attention and funding that it should. The suggestions offered by the National Institutes of Health for strengthening the featured curriculum piece were excellent. They are, in fact, already taught regularly by student health educators at the University of Northern Iowa when working with children in the field. Unfortunately, space limitations precluded adequate discussion of all the "teaching techniques" used on a standard basis by the authors and their students in this curriculum plan, which they have taught to more than 2,000 at-risk patients in the United States and abroad.

Additionally, it should be noted that in many impoverished communities in developing countries where the authors have worked, the reality is that toothpaste and brushes, let alone fluoride or clean water, are unattainable luxuries. …

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