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February Focus:February_Healthy_Smiles

Did you know?

Tooth decay is the single most common childhood disease and hundreds of thousands of children nationwide go untreated each year because of financial hardship. For the vast number of families living in poverty, dental health is not critical to the survival of the family and generally can be found at the bottom of the list of priorities – if it makes it to the list at all.

Take Action

Youth of all ages participating in Godman Guild’s out-of-school time programs are very highly likely to experience the effects of poor dental health. Our community must be willing to Stand Up! and find ways to diagnose and treat tooth decay in all of our youth or so many of our young people will be doomed to suffer for most of their lives and fall short of achieving their highest potential.

This Month’s Stand Up! 2017 Events

Dental Hygiene Drive

Date: 2/1/17 – 2/21/17
Drop-off Location: Godman Guild, 303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus 43201

Our goal is to create dental kits for 175 youth in Godman Guild’s programs.

We’re collecting

  • children’s toothbrushes
  • flossing picks
  • toothpaste (fluoride AND fluoride-free)

Download and distribute the flyer below to engage your workplace, club or organization. Donations can be dropped off Monday – Thursday, 9 AM – 7 PM and Friday 9 AM – 5 PM. 

Click Here to Download the Dental Hygiene Flyer


Donated dental hygiene items will be given to youth ages 0-12.

Community Roundtable – Healthy Smiles

Date:February 27th, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Location:Godman Guild, 303 E Sixth Avenue, Columbus 43201

Join us to learn about issues of access, education, and long term health effects around dental hygiene for at-risk youth. Admission is free. Coffee and light snacks provided.


5:30 PM | Check-in begins
6:00 PM | Community round-table begins

Free on-site and street parking


Erin L. Gross, DDS, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University


Homa Amini, DDS, MS, MPH

Section Chief, Dentistry, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Did you know?

Dental problems result in the loss of 51 million school hours each year.

According to Dr. Steven Adair, a faculty member of the Medical College of Georgia,

“Children with poor oral health are often in pain, as a result, they are not able to maintain a healthy diet and they do not sleep well. These factors can interfere with growth and learning, as well as physical and social development. These children may also miss time at school and in the classroom, may not be readily accepted by their peers, and may suffer from low self-esteem.”

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