Trailblazers become Tooth Fairy’s helpers

submitted to dorchester banner/4-H Back Row: Caitlin Donahue-Vega, Chloe Turner, Ali Todd, Becca Brault, Rilynn Blake, Rachel Widmaier and Jeanie Holtz. Middle Row: Skylar Blunt, Clara McKenna, Caroline Wilson. Front Row: Justin Wilson.

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Back Row: Caitlin Donahue-Vega, Chloe Turner, Ali Todd, Becca Brault, Rilynn Blake, Rachel Widmaier and Jeanie Holtz. Middle Row: Skylar Blunt, Clara McKenna, Caroline Wilson. Front Row: Justin Wilson.

CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester Trailblazers 4-H Club assisted the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (ESAHEC) in preparing over 700 dental health kits for the Tooth Fairy’s Helper to distribute to children on the Eastern Shore. Each kit contains a toothbrush, toothpaste, flossers, timer, sticker, and educational material to promote good oral hygiene.

The former Tooth Fairy’s Helper, Jeanie Holtz, RDH, will be retiring and is passing her magic wand to Caitlin Donohue-Vega, RDH, BS. Ms. Vega travels across all nine counties on the Eastern Shore to visit the head start programs, early learning centers and elementary schools, as well as participating in community health fairs.

Cavities are the most common chronic childhood disease in the United States and are largely preventable. The purpose of this program is to promote good oral hygiene and decrease the rate of oral disease, which in turn leads to healthier lifestyles.

Ms. Vega uses songs, puppets, and demonstrations to deliver her message and each students receives a free “Tooth Fairy’s Helper” kit. If you would like more information on the Oral Health Program or to schedule a visit to your facility please call the Center at 410-221-2600.

For more information on Dorchester County 4-H Programs, contact Missy Tucker, Dorchester County 4-H Program Assistant at metucker@umd.edu or 410-228-8800.

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