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OKEMOS, Mich. — Early last month, the American Dental Association made the announcement of the 2014 Golden Apple recipients. The awards are in recognition of dental society volunteers and staff for outstanding activities and excellence in leadership. The Genesee District Dental Society was the recipient for excellence in dental health promotion to the public for their “Babies Health: From the Bottom Up” program.

There were two facts that sparked the creation of the program. First, Genesee County is home to many families in need; paying for disposable diapers is a big financial drain, and there is no financial assistance available for them. Second, it’s important to set the stage for good lifelong oral health with a dental visit by age one. In partnering with the Diaper Bank of Genesee County, the Genesee District Dental Society was able to donate over 13,600 packages of diapers including an informational flyer for parents about the importance of children’s dental health, as well as a toothbrush.

Jay Werschky, executive director for the society, explained “With the help of our local member dentists who held diaper drives in their offices to collect donations, we were able to provide support for these unmet necessities to those in our communities. Not only were we able to raise the level of social awareness of two health concerns for children, we were able to distribute over 375,000 diapers and 13,650 toothbrushes.”

The Genesee District Dental Society’s “Babies Health: From the Bottom Up” program received its well-deserved ADA recognition by achieving the objectives of promoting dental health education while collecting and providing funds and diapers for families in need. While it was the first diaper/dental health drive the results were so positive that the Genesee District Dental Society is looking to continue to offer this event in conjunction with Children’s Dental Health month this February, 2015. To learn more about what the Genesee District Dental Society is doing to promote oral health visit their website at www.smilegenesee.com/index.html.

Media Contact:
Jenny Armistead
Michigan Dental Association
517-346-9412


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