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Organization Description

Iowa Students United for America’s Toothfairy (SUAT) is a student organization of the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation in Iowa. Students in SUAT are united with the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) with the mission to eliminate oral and dental disease of underserved children. Our specific goal is to raise community awareness and help bring solutions to the rising health crisis in Iowa: dental disease among children.

This group is dedicated to bringing oral healthcare and education to all children and their parents/guardians. We are involved in providing free oral health screenings to children of all ages, performing educational skits and demonstrations and donating toothbrushes, toothpaste and other dental supplies to the public. All students from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry are welcome to join.

Activities / events / outreach

Iowa Students United for America’s Tooth Fairy™

Give Kids A Smile

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Our annual event for Give Kids A Smile is held on two weekends; one in January and February at the Iowa Children’s Museum.  They are coordinated with a date that is free for parents to bring their children to the museum.  A room is provided to us to perform dental screenings and apply fluoride varnish.  Parents are then informed if there are any dental needs and provided information on where to seek treatment if they currently do not have a dentist.

Give Kids A Smile – DSB Weekly Submissions
The University of Iowa Pediatric Dental Club hosted its first of two Give Kids A Smile events on Friday, January 27th, 2012.  The event was held in conjunction with the Iowa Children’s Museum at the Coral Ridge Mall.  It took place on a Family Free Night that was sponsored by Rockwell Collins.  Each Family Free Night has a specific topic geared towards helping kids learn through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); the topic of the night was Dental Cavities.

For the science education museum staff demonstrated to children how the acid that is produced by bacteria can erode teeth through an experiment involving an egg and liquids that have different values of pH. The Pediatric Dental Club took part in educating kids about technology involved in preventive dentistry.  Students provided short skits to kids on what to expect at a dental visit, and the dental instruments used for a cleaning.

The engineering portion was sponsored by Sonicare, and kids were given the opportunity to design a toothbrush and submit their design for a chance to win a Sonicare Kids Electric Toothbrush.  Three winners will be selected after the completion of the second event which will be held February 24th, 2012.  The Pediatric Dental Club would like to thank Phillips Sonicare and their representative Stacy Bogwardt for their willingness to participate and their generous donation.

The math activity involved children calculating how many sugar cubes are in a variety foods and liquids.  Based on the amounts children were educated to make healthful choices.  At the end of the event each child was also provided a bookmark with tips for a healthy smile that was made with the collaboration of Dr. Weber-Gasparoni and Mrs. Cathy Skotowski.

The museum provided the activity room on the second floor for dental students to provide dental screenings and apply fluoride varnish.  The screenings were supervised by Dr. Greg Dietz, a resident in the department of Pediatric Dentistry. Students saw children that ranged in age from six months to adolescents, and provided the children and their parents oral hygiene instruction.  If dental problems were found parents were informed and a list of resources where that they could seek treatment if they did not have a dental home.  Dental students screened a total of 119 children and provided 108 fluoride varnish applications. The varnish was donated by 3M ESPE thanks to Mrs. Carla Stallman.  3M’s donation helped the Pediatric Dental Club provide the preventive services at this event.

The Pediatric Dental Club would also like to thank OralB, Colgate, and Johnson & Johnson for their generous contributions.  Each child was able to leave the event with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss.

The students that participated were: Jairus Houston, Stephanie Dalton, Justine Stemper, Mary Regan, Chris Hartman, Sam Christensen, Bethany Pritchard, Matt Smith, Karen Smith, Jack Osterhaus, Sarah Rinehart, Katie Nagel, Courtney Lickteig, Allison Padomek, Nick Barnard, Annie Reicks, Jessica Grabouski, and Jarod Johnson.

The University of Iowa Pediatric Dental Club hosted this year’s final Give Kids A Smile event on Friday, February, 2012.  The event was held in conjunction with the Iowa Children’s Museum at the Coral Ridge Mall.  It took place on a Family Free Night that was sponsored by Rockwell Collins.  Each Family Free Night has a specific topic geared towards helping kids learn through Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM); the topic of the night was Gum Disease.

The children who attended the event were allowed to design their own flossing apparatus which they could test out on large Legos to simulate food being stuck between teeth.  Children also participated in a hands on demonstration to show how brushing only removes plaque from portions of the tooth that are accessible to a toothbrush, and that flossing is needed to cleanse between teeth.

The winners from the past event’s toothbrush design contest were also announced.  Three Sonicare Kids Electric Toothbrushes were donated by Phillips Sonicare as prizes for the event.  The contest winners can be seen below.  The Pediatric Dental Club would like to thank Phillips Sonicare and their representative Stacy Bogwardt for their willingness to participate and their generous donation.

The museum again provided the activity room on the second floor for dental students to provide dental screenings and apply fluoride varnish.  The screenings were supervised by Dr. Treagan White, a resident in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and Dr. Matthew Geneser, a faculty member in the department of Pediatric Dentistry. Students provided dental screenings for children and provided parents with oral hygiene instruction.  Parents were given information on how to seek follow up care if dental problems were found.  Dental students screened a total of 51 children for a combined total of 170 over the two events. The varnish applied at the events was donated by 3M ESPE thanks to Mrs. Carla Stallman.

The Pediatric Dental Club would also like to again thank National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, OralB, Colgate, and Johnson & Johnson for their generous contributions.  Each child was able to leave the event with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss.

Pediatric Dental Club Visits Kinderfarm Preschool
On Friday February 24th, 9 second year dental students gave a Pediatric Dental presentation at Kinderfarm Preschool in Iowa City.  Thirty preschoolers had an opportunity to learn what foods are good and bad for your teeth, see what a Dentist wears and why, learn about tooth brushing techniques, hear a story, and brush a puppets teeth. The Pediatric Dental Club donated thirty toothbrushes and toothpaste to the students, and the students were also given a weekly tooth brushing calendar and a brochure for parents to read about Dental Health. Most of the students, when asked, reported having been to the Dentist before, and all of the students were very enthusiastic about the presentation!

A special thanks to our volunteers who made this event possible, including: Jessica Grabouski, Lauren Harvey, Eric Barnes, Doug Johnson, Ernestine Dawa, Staci Sieren, David Gugliano, Justine Stemper, Katie Anfinsen.

School Presentations
Throughout the year schools call and request that dental students come and perform skits that provide students with information about dentistry.  Our organization typically sees an increase in requests during Dental Health Month.  Dental students then travel to various places and perform oral hygiene instruction, nutritional information, and information about why it is important to visit the dentist.

DSB Weekly Presentation Submission:
Pediatric Dental Club Visits Kinderfarm Preschool
On Friday February 24th, 9 second year dental students gave a Pediatric Dental presentation at Kinderfarm Preeschool in Iowa City.  Thirty preschoolers had an opportunity to learn what foods are good and bad for your teeth, see what a Dentist wears and why, learn about tooth brushing techniques, hear a story, and brush a puppets teeth. The Pediatric Dental Club donated thirty toothbrushes and toothpaste to the students, and the students were also given a weekly tooth brushing calendar and a brochure for parents to read about Dental Health. Most of the students, when asked, reported having been to the Dentist before, and all of the students were very enthusiastic about the presentation!

A special thanks to our volunteers who made this event possible, including: Jessica Grabouski, Lauren Harvey, Eric Barnes, Doug Johnson, Ernestine Dawa, Staci Sieren, David Gugliano, Justine Stemper, Katie Anfinsen. 

Lunch and Learn
Our organization hosts a lunch and learn once a year to provided and update to dental students on children’s oral health.  The presentation is typically given by a faculty member or graduate student from our dental college.

Halloween Event at Sycamore Mall
Annually our club visits the Sycamore Mall in Iowa City for their Halloween Event.  The event is put on by local businesses and kids go around to each store and receive candy. The mall provides a table for dental students to hand out toothbrush and tooth paste.  While children are waiting in line students provide oral hygiene instruction with puppets.

Special Smiles
On Saturday, October 1, 2011, the University of Iowa teamed up with the Special Olympics Iowa for MEDFEST. It was a big preparation day for the Special Olympics’ athletes as they participated in several stations to help them get ready for their upcoming competitions. At the Special Smiles station, the athletes had dental screenings, made protective mouth guards, received fluoride varnish, and were instructed on their oral health. The volunteers consisted of about a dozen dental students and several of the faculty from the College of Dentistry, several dentists and hygienists from the community, and elsewhere.

Title Name
President Eddie Pantzlaff
Vice-President Erica Recker
Treasurer Courtney Bohn
Secretary Justin Foster
Freshman Class Representative  
Sophomore Class Representative Sean McGivern
Junior Class Representative Jessica Gradoville
Senior Class Representative Kate Zimmerman
Faculty Adviser Dr. John Warren