Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Dental health promoted in elementary schools

GEORGETOWN – In line with National Children’s Dental Health Month, Georgetown Elementary School got a visit from Brown County Health and Wellness on Feb. 4.

Becky Morrison, a dental hygienist and board member of the Brown County Health and Wellness Foundation, is visiting elementary schools throughout the county to provide education on dental health for fourth graders in all Brown County elementary schools. She started in Georgetown on Thursday morning before moving on to Sardinia and eventually all of the schools in the county. She is joined by Jeannie Mussinan and Peggy Staggs in educating fourth graders county-wide on the importance of dental health.

“Fourth graders are an easier group to talk to,” Morrison said. “You can go more into detail about bacteria and they understand more about the mouth and science and that level of understanding. A lot of groups touch on kindergarten through second grade but fourth graders need the same kind of education, too.”

According to Morrison, the team will eventually see 547 fourth grade students in the county by the time they are finished. The region has struggles with dental care, as does almost all of Appalachia, but the biggest concern is finding providers for low-income patients.

“There is a huge need here for sure,” Morrison said. “Providers have a hard time because Medicaid doesn’t pay like a regular insurance company. Say you have a bit ring x-ray that a regular insurance company will pay $26 for, Medicaid reimburses $5 to the provider. What else also happens is lots of times are cancellations and no shows. The doctor is losing time and business because of that.”

The other big struggle for residents of Brown County is living far away from Cincinnati. While there may be several providers in the greater Cincinnati area, getting there is sometimes the biggest hurdle.

“Living an hour away from the city where they can find providers doesn’t help,” Morrison said. “They are transportation issues. People can’t get an hour away. It’s a huge issue out here. Kids are missing school because of their teeth hurting. Decay is the number one disease in the nation.”

While tooth decay is a big concern for overall health, providing the needed education to prevent decay is also a struggle. Morrison said dental hygiene education is not about brushing and flossing, it’s about overall health. Nutrition plays a huge role into overall oral health.

“A lot of the things we have wrong with us are about nutrition,” Morrison said. “It is why I try to go into the sugar intake and that sort of thing. It’s why I don’t just say, ‘this is how you brush your teeth.’ I try to go into all of that.”

Each student is provided with a packet that contains a tooth brush, tooth paste, dental floss, and a white sand two minute timer with hopes to promoting oral health in elementary school children. All 547 students are receiving those packets thanks to the Brown County Health and Wellness Foundation.

Becky Morrison met with students at Georgetown Elementary to talk about dental health for Children’s Dental Health Month. She is visiting all districts in the county.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_IMG_0109.jpgBecky Morrison met with students at Georgetown Elementary to talk about dental health for Children’s Dental Health Month. She is visiting all districts in the county.
Georgetown first of five districts to get visit from Brown County Health and Wellness Foundation

By Brian Durham

bdurham@civitasmedia.com

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