Colgate Reaches Out to the Community with #BuildingSmiles Tour
The Colgate #Building Smiles tour is “A Children’s Oral Health Improvement Program.” The tour is visiting retailers, like Walmart, this summer trying to reach millions of under-served children. The tour is part of Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures™ program, which helps children, parents, and teachers around the world with the dental hygiene resources.
Brightly colored mobile dental vans staffed with friendly volunteer dentists and dental professionals are set to visit local communities throughout the US this summer.
They perform no-cost dental screenings for kids 12 and under. Best of all the dentist will not use any dental instruments…which can scare children. They will do a visual exam of the child’s teeth and give the parents a diagnoses sheet. They also give great advice on the importance of taking care of your teeth.
I was able to attend their Sebastian Florida tour stop this past weekend. I met and chatted with the friendly staff before the exams began.
They gave me a tour of the van and Project Coordinator, Christine Rocha, and Dentist, Dr. Barry Ragone, answered all my questions.
Christine was a super project coordinator and was very knowledgeable. She took me on a compete tour of the van and answered all my questions. She said they had seen about 20 children at their first stop of the day in Vero Beach. They do this every Thursday-Sunday.
Christine also welcomes each child and puts them at ease. She did her job very well.
Dr. Rabbit is the mascot for the tour and, as far as we know, the only rabbit to hold the title of Dentist. Check out his activity page.
Dr. Ragone has a great smile. He was warm and really connected with the kids.
I was able to see Dr. Ragone and the Building Smiles Team in action as he examined sisters. One was very camera shy…but Lauren allowed us to film her exam.
After her exam she received a fun goody bag that included a toothbrush, sample of toothpaste, tips, coupons.
The Building Smiles Campaign website.
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