Posted by John Hamilton on Jun 02, 2017
What do you think is the preventable childhood disease that causes the most missed school days? Not many of you guessed tooth decay. When you have tooth decay and there is not money to pay for a dentist you are in pain. With tooth decay you can not eat so you can not concentrate on school. Without going to school you can not learn to read which is the basis for a successful life in society.

Michael Hasty of the Rotary Club of Grand Prairie visited the local club to explain their club project to eliminate tooth decay. They apply a dental sealant on the molars of school children to prevent tooth decay. Each year a team visits the second grades to care for the first molar. They also go to the seventh grades to treat the next molar. This seemingly simple step has substantially reduced tooth decay in their school system which has over ninety percent of its kids on reduced food programs, a measure of economic problems.

Mr. Hasty showed pictures of very young children with badly decayed molars which have to be removed. He said that although the pain of removal can be significant the children immediately smile because their total pain has been reduced. They can be kids again, playing, going to school and, ultimately, being good members of society.

The Grand Prairie club also sponsors an annual trip to Grenada, Nicaragua to help the children there. They seal the good teeth and remove the bad ones. In that area of the world dental hygiene is not understood. If the family has a toothbrush at all they all share it and it may be old. The Rotarians give toothbrushes and information to help the families understand what is needed to be orally healthy.

Mr. Hasty spoke to this club to encourage similar programs in other places. Some parts of this are being done locally but it would be an excellent opportunity for an individual or organization to step up and take the project on.

For more information contact Mike Hasty at or call 214-507-7681. Visit the Grand Prairie website for details of their program.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Waxahachie where we believe in Service Above Self and doing things as a club we cannot do alone, visit the club web site at . You can find American flag subscription forms there. Cow Creek Country Classic bike ride information will be there soon. The bike ride will be Saturday, June 24.