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Public Health, Libraries Partner For Dental Health Month

Press Release Date:  February 14, 2005
Contact:  Gwenda Bond or Gil Lawson
(502) 564-6786

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2005) National Children’s Dental Health Month is being observed throughout February at participating libraries throughout the Commonwealth in partnership with the Department for Public Health. At these libraries, children will receive free toothbrushes as rewards for attending special oral health programs and reading books about oral health.

“We must raise our children’s awareness of good dental health habits, such as brushing and flossing daily, for our children,” said Dr. James Cecil, Oral Health Program Administrator in the Department for Public Health. “We want these children to have better oral health than previous generations of Kentuckians and appreciate libraries in helping us with this vital goal.”

According to a 2001 Kentucky Children’s Oral Health Profile, in which 5,603 third and sixth grade children in Kentucky’s public schools were screened, 28.7 percent had untreated tooth decay. A 2002 survey from the federal Centers for Disease Control found that 42.3 percent of Kentuckians 65 and older have lost all their natural teeth.

Toothbrushes were provided to requesting libraries by the Kentucky State Oral Health Program within DPH. The Kentucky State Oral Health Program funds, conducts or otherwise facilitates programs or activities in the following areas: dental screening; dental sealants; early childhood caries/baby bottle tooth decay prevention; fluoridated community water supplies; fluoride supplements (tablets/drops); fluoride varnish; needs assessment/oral health surveys; oral health education/promotion; spit tobacco cessation; and community water fluoridation.

Some libraries may be hosting special events. Libraries that have requested toothbrushes for Children’s Dental Health Month include:



Bath County Memorial Library

Bell Co. Public Library System

Bowling Green Public Library

Carroll County Public Library

Casey County Public Library

Clay County Public Library

Flatwoods Branch Library

Gallatin County Free Public Library

Garrett County Public Library

Grant County Public Library

Graves County Public Library

Jackson County Public Library

LaRue County Public Library

Lee County Public Library

Lexington Public Library:

    Village Branch & Tates Creek Branch

Logan County Public Library

Marion Co. Public Library

Marshall Co. Public Library

McCracken County Public Library

McCracken County Public Library

Oldham County Public Library

Owen County Public  Library

Pikeville Public Library

Pulaski Co.Public Library

Rowan County Public Library

Russell County Public Library

Shelby County Library

Spencer Co. Library

Trimble County Public  Library

Washington County Public Library

Wayne County Public Library

Webster County Public Library

Whitley County Public Library




For information about local events/programs, contact listed library.








Last Updated 2/23/2005