Bakersfield: Creating Healthy Smiles
Creating Healthy Smiles (CHS) is a CSU Bakersfield student-initiated organization established by the Pre-Dental Club on campus, with the purpose of promoting oral hygiene among pre-K through 2nd grade students, including those with special needs. Understanding that oral disease is a cause of absenteeism among children, the program aims to promote oral health and prevent the appearance of new cases among young children in Kern County. Early findings indicate that 50% of the children participating in the program did not know what dental floss was or how to use it properly. The program provides a dental hygiene kit to each student and has more than 30 volunteers educating children on how to properly brush and floss their teeth. In the past year, CHS secured $12,617 from grants, local dentists and private donors, and served 3,310 children from 14 schools throughout Kern County.
“Now, in the organization’s second year, we can see how we have impacted each child immediately as well as in the long term. As we progress, we aim to serve more children and to continue to change our community.”
– Sasan Jahanian, CSU Bakersfield student; founder and president of Creating Healthy Smiles
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