Tag: Oral health

New NAU research project to improve oral health of Arizona’s preschoolers

| April 5, 2017
New NAU research project to improve oral health of Arizona’s preschoolers

According to experts, approximately 23 percent of American children aged 2 to 5 years have caries, or untreated tooth decay. But that number is dramatically higher in Arizona, where 40 percent of preschoolers have tooth decay. Among the more rural, economically disadvantaged Hispanic and Native American populations of Northern Arizona, that number is even higher.

NAU bioinformatician and assistant professor Viacheslav “Slava” Fofanov recently received a $224,000 grant from the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission to determine the biological factors behind the caries epidemic. As the principal investigator of the project, Fofanov will lead an interdisciplinary team to research the root causes of the disease and develop potential solutions.

“Something is happening here in Arizona, especially Northern Arizona, that puts us at the top of a list we don’t want to be on,” Fofanov said.

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Taking a Bite Out of School Absences

| July 18, 2016
Taking a Bite Out of School Absences

First Things First partnered with the Arizona Department of Health Services to coordinate a statewide oral health study including dental screenings of 3,630 kindergarten children attending Arizona’s public schools and a survey of their caregivers.

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New Report Shows Impact of FTF Oral Health Investments

| May 5, 2016
New Report Shows Impact of FTF Oral Health Investments

A new report shows that First Things First and its early childhood partners are taking a bite out of school absences by funding preventive screenings and application of fluoride varnishes for kids 5 and younger.

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New Report Shows Impact of FTF Oral Health Investments

| April 29, 2016
New Report Shows Impact of FTF Oral Health Investments

A new report shows that First Things First and its early childhood partners are taking a bite out of school absences by funding preventive screenings and application of fluoride varnishes for kids 5 and younger.

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New Program – Dental Preventive Voucher

| April 18, 2016
New Program – Dental Preventive Voucher

There is a new dental resource in Flagstaff. Read more here.

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First Things First – Oral Health Impacts Learning

| October 18, 2015
First Things First – Oral Health Impacts Learning

Dental decay is one of the leading causes of school absenteeism, and it can start to develop as soon as a child’s first tooth appears. The most common chronic disease among children in the United States, untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to other serious problems with eating, speaking, playing and learning. Halloween, with its focus on sugary treats, offers the chance to remind families about the importance of caring for their infant or toddlers’ teeth.

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Oral Health Coalition Meeting

| February 11, 2015
Oral Health Coalition Meeting

The next Oral Health Coalition meeting will be Friday, February 13, 2015 at 1pm in The Native Culture Center at Northern Arizona University For questions, comments, and concerns e-mail dental.hygiene@nau.edu For the flyer click HERE.

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Oral Health Tips

| February 8, 2015
Oral Health Tips

First Things First reminds communities that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which raises awareness about the importance of oral health. For information and tips on oral health click HERE.

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REMINDER – Northern Arizona Oral Health Coalition Meeting – January 9th

| January 2, 2015
REMINDER – Northern Arizona Oral Health Coalition Meeting – January 9th

The first Northern Arizona Oral Health Coalition meeting will be held January 9th, 2015 from 1 to 3 p.m. Representation from a diverse group of organizations and community members is desired in order to make sure all perspectives are heard. Please see and share the invitation with the time and place.  A delicious lunch will […]

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REMINDER – Northern Arizona Oral Health Coalition Meeting – January 9th

| December 19, 2014
REMINDER – Northern Arizona Oral Health Coalition Meeting – January 9th

The first Northern Arizona Oral Health Coalition meeting will be held January 9th, 2015 from 1 to 3 p.m. Representation from a diverse group of organizations and community members is desired in order to make sure all perspectives are heard. Please see and share the invitation with the time and place.  A delicious lunch will […]

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