Oral Health Education for Bronx High School Students

CHPS4Children’s Healthy Smile Project‘s mission is to improve children’s oral hygiene and promote a healthy smile by providing oral hygiene supplies such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and educational materials to children in need. This year, the Project was approached by a teacher at P.S. 721X Monroe High School in the Bronx, NY for assistance in improving their student’s good hygiene and health habits.

“Our students are high-school aged. Many of whom do not exhibit awareness or knowledge of healthy self-care habits. Our students need us to guide them to understand and apply the concepts of hygiene as independently as possible,” Lauren Barnes, a teacher from PS 721X said.

There are approximately 400 students distributed among three high schools in the Bronx. Barnes stated, “Any help would make a big difference for us.”

While the Project’s focus is on children, (Note: we purchased over 4,000 hygiene kits from Henry Schein and distributed them to disadvantaged children in the last 6 months.), Dr. Rebecca Poling, a Board Member and on the faculty of NYU School of Dentistry, applied for 6 cases of Adult Oral Hygiene kits from the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. We were very pleased to be notified of the acceptance of the grant request.

In early May, Dr. Poling visited several High Schools in the Bronx to deliver the hygiene kits and provide hygiene instruction in the classrooms. The teachers were very pleased with the support and grateful for the donations from the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. All-in-all the event is considered a great success — a big thank you to the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.