Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bullard Masonic Lodge #785 to provide Dental Kits


All first graders at Bullard Primary School were recently given free prevent tooth decay kits by members of Bullard Masonic Lodge #785.


Michael Whisenhunt, a member of the Lodge, organized the kit distribution. Members of the Lodge assembled and delivered 160 kits to the school.


The project, called the Fantastic Teeth Fan Club, is a program of Masonic Children & Family Services


(MCFS) and local Masonic Lodges to prevent children from suffering with toothaches, reduce missed school days due to dental problems, and cut costs for dental treatment.


Prevent tooth decay kits contain: a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, healthy teeth sticker, two minute timer (optimal brushing time), “Tips for Healthy Teeth At Any Age” educational flyer for parents in both English and Spanish, and a summary of MCFS services and grant opportunities.


According to Oral Health In America: A Report of the Surgeon General, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease— five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever. Poor children are affected by this epidemic more frequently than other children, with nearly 12 times more restricted-activity days due to dental issues than children from higher-income families. With more than 1.5 million Texas children living in poverty, there is a great need for this type of program.


Dental problems also directly affect success for children, with more than 51 million school hours lost each year to dental-related illness. Teachers have judged both classroom performance and classroom behavior to be significantly poorer among children in need of dental care. Pain and suffering due to untreated dental disease can also lead to problems in eating and speaking.


Masonic Children & Family Services of Texas is a nonprofit organization with a history spanning more than 100 years of helping children across Texas. Contact the organization at toll-free 1.877.203.9111; email: info@mcfstx.org, or online at www.mcfstx.org.

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