Text2Floss receives grant from Delta Dental of Ariz. Foundation

Azra Baab, Associate Director for Student Services, and Tony Hashemian, DDS, Assoc. Dean for Global Oral Health, accept the $25,000 Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation grant from Keith Gauzza, Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation board member.
Azra Baab, Associate Director for Student Services, and Tony Hashemian, DDS, Assoc. Dean for Global Oral Health, accept the $25,000 Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation grant from Keith Gauzza, Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation board member.

On February 6, Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation awarded A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) a $25,000 grant to support their Text2Floss initiative. They have teamed together to use Text2Floss, a mobile app which uses phone technology for public health education. This app, designed by ATSU-ASDOH dental professionals, is used to remind patients with a daily text message to floss, brush and rinse every day along with other helpful oral healthcare tips.Tony and

 The overarching goal of the Delta Dental grant/project is to increase optimal oral health literacy and improve oral heath behaviors among underserved and vulnerable populations, with a focus on pregnant mothers, children, and youth though 18 years of age. Through the use of mobile phone technology for public health education, this partnership will take the Text2Floss user experience to the next level. ASDOH will take its nationally successful preventive program, Text2Floss, to the patients of Arizona’s safety net dental clinics by assigning dental hygienists to various community health center campuses throughout Arizona to introduce the Text2Floss app to patients starting March 2015.

By embracing mobile phone technology for public health education, this innovative project has the ultimate potential to increase patient-provider communication, encourage patients to actively engage in their own oral healthcare, and positively impact access and health outcomes throughout Arizona.

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