January 19, 2019
Berlin, Md. – To prepare the student’s for National Children’s Dental Health
Month and their health literacy lessons on oral hygiene in February, the
Tooth Fairy’s Helper visited all of the first grade classes in the
Worcester County Public Schools. The oral health lessons are a part of
the Integrated Health Literacy Program curriculum.
Health Literacy Liaison at Atlantic General Hospital, Julia Perrotta, and
Coordinator of Health Instruction at Worcester County Public Schools,
Tamara Mills, coordinated the Tooth Fairy’s Helper visits for all
six elementary schools in Worcester County, including Pocomoke Elementary
School, Snow Hill Elementary School, Cedar Chapel Special School, Buckingham
Elementary School, Showell Elementary School and Ocean City Elementary School.
In total, approximately 500 students were introduced to dental health through
songs, puppets, and props by Caitlin Donohue-Vega, RDH, BS, better known
as the Tooth Fairy’s Helper. Donohue-Vega is the oral health outreach
coordinator at the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (AHEC).
In addition to the lesson, all students were given dental health kits
to practice healthy dental hygiene at home.