Great Start Program

Great Start Program

This program has a three-fold purpose for elementary students. One, to give children early exposure to the field of dentistry by showing them what occurs during a dental office visit. Secondly, to aid in alleviating dental fears and promoting positive preventive dentistry, via role-playing and hands-on experiences. The third purpose of the program in to stimulate the children’s interest in dentistry as a viable career. Interaction with dental students of color will help students realize that individuals like themselves are successful in the field of dentistry.

Activities
• Role play a dental office visit
• Rotate through several dental stations
• Demonstrations of proper way to brush and floss teeth
• Hands-on exercises such as filling teeth and playing with puppets
• Interaction with dental students of color
• Free handouts (i.e. materials and dental supplies)

Requirements
• Express an interest in dental students visiting your site.
• Agree to provide adequate staff supervision of children.
• Assist with clean-up.
• Reinforce the benefits oral health care and regular dental office visits.
Objectives
• To pre-expose children to a dental office experience and eliminate or minimize fears about dental office visits.
• To reinforce the benefits of cooperative behavior and preventive dental care.
• To stimulate children’s interest in dentistry as a favorable and achievable career via their interaction with dental students of color.

Eligible Groups
Day care, elementary and middle schools in the Kansas City Metropolitan area

Timeframe
Ideally, a two week advanced notice is desired. However, final determination will be contingent upon the dental students’ availability.

For more information, contact:
John L. Cottrell
Director of Minority and Special Programs
UMKC School of Dentistry
650 E. 25th St., Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: 816/235-2085 or 235-2080. Fax: 816/235-2157
People with speech or hearing impairments can call:
800/735-2966(TT) or 800/735-2466 (Voice).
email: umkc-dentalstupgms@umkc.edu

Contact Info

John Cottrell
Director of Minority and Special Programs
UMKC School of Dentistry
650 E. 25th St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Phone: 816/235-2085 or 235-2080. Fax: 816/235-2157
Speech or hearing impairments call:
800/735-2966(TT) or 800/735-2466 (Voice).

E-Mail:
umkc-dentalstupgms@umkc.edu