I am hosting a women’s guild meeting tomorrow night at my home. I have been a member of this volunteer group for several years. About a dozen women work to fundraise and gather supplies for various health projects to benefit the poor.
I spent a bit of time this weekend thinking about what I’ll serve and what I should provide for the meeting. And I know that many poor people don’t have access to good dentists like this dentist in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia or their location, which means they won’t have good oral health, or know how to look after their teeth and gums properly. We are going to encourage the guild members to gather dental supplies this summer, which I will distribute to children attending one of the poorer school districts in Phoenix. The supplies are matched with an oral health curriculum that teaches children how to brush their teeth and why it is important. This public health issue seems so silly, and it is often overlooked by funders. However, we all know how terribly you feel with a toothache, and how dental insurance has quickly become a luxury of the upper class. You may think you’re helping yourself by reducing the number of times you go and see a dentist for check-ups, but visiting someone like this Dentist in Santa Barbara or others regularly could save you money in the long run, by reducing the likelihood of a serious dental issue occurring.
Ultimately, attending regular checkups with a dentist should be an essential component within your healthcare routine. At least once every six months, you should see a Dentist in fairfax or a dentist in your area for a review of your oral health and an expert inspection of your teeth. The mouth is a surprisingly useful indicator of wider health problems and therefore frequent trips to the dentist can help you to stay on top of your wellbeing.
(You wouldn’t believe how many children tell me they’ve never had their own toothbrush when I’m teaching this curriculum. It is heartbreaking and makes me want to go out and hunt down their parents. Instead, we have adult health classes too.)
Without proper oral health from an early age (Moms — No Kool Aid in those baby bottles, please!) kids are set up for a lifetime of health issues. Instead, get online and search for your nearest periodontist Chatswood clinic, or a similar service, and get your children’s teeth checked out by a professional.
I enjoy teaching this curriculum and distributing the toothbrushes and toothpaste. They are such fundamental public health tools that most of us use everyday without thought. And yet, one day without them and we are a slimy mess.
I had the idea to distribute a tote bag to each of the members to encourage them to pick up dental supplies during the summer. I thought if they kept these bags in their cars, it would be a regular reminder to keep our guild’s work in mind. I headed out to one of our local craft stores only to find the very basic canvas tote was $5.99 each. With 10 women attending, I knew this wasn’t an option. Thankfully, I’d clipped a 40% off coupon from the paper earlier in the week and was able to purchase 4 yards of heavy duck cloth for $12.
I paired this with some African fabric, grosgrain ribbon and spent about two hours making my vision come to light.
Voila — le African tote bag:

Mali tote bag

I used some fabric Robin sent me from Mali. I’ve been putting it to great use!

African tote bags in the shadows

I hope these babies are returned to me brimming with Colgate, Crest and Mentadent by the end of the summer.

~K