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Dental Health

Mouth smiling to show teeth

The purpose of this program is to increase dental health knowledge and motivate 4-H’ers and families to try new dental health habits and to improve others. This program shows 4-H’ers ways to take part in healthy lifestyle activities and reinforces positive habits they already practice. From the 4-H health activities and take-home information, 4-H youths and their families will learn to make everyday choices that lead to good health such as these specific actions:

  • brush and floss teeth more frequently and thoroughly
  • choose healthy snacks, especially fruits and vegetables
  • replace sugar-added drinks with water and low-fat milk
  • commit to being tobacco-free for healthy teeth and body
  • use fluoride mouth rinse after brushing teeth

This 4-H Health Officer activity guide was last used during the 2016-2017 West Virginia 4-H Club year. The information and activities were updated and revised in 2016.

Activity Guide Contents

Life is all about choices. The activity guide provides ideas and information to help 4-H Health Officers with their duties.

The activity guide has the following:

  • Challenge Check – Recognition to members participating in last month’s health challenge
  • Health H Challenge – Goals for 4-H youths and family members to improve daily health practices
  • Roll Call – Ideas to help youths start thinking about the health topic
  • Instant Activities – Quick and easy learning-by-doing activities to make the Health H Hint and monthly challenge relevant to each 4-H youth
  • Nutritious Snack – Foods and drinks to go along with the health activity
  • 4-H Family Handout – Copy and have 4-H’ers take the matching handout home to their parents each month

Health Officer Materials

Family Handouts – Dental

Use these family handouts on dental health anytime to promote good oral health habits.