Brush is a project of McMillen Health
Established in 1981, McMillen Health is a non-profit with a mission to provide vital, effective preventive health education that promotes physical, emotional, and social well-being. Our program offerings are available to preschoolers through senior citizens. Each year we teach over 60,000 youth and adults.
History of the Brush Curriculum
In 2012, McMillen Health developed the Brush Early Childhood Oral Health Curriculum in an effort to change children’s health status and help children enter Kindergarten ready to learn. We advocate for the establishment of a dental home by age one and promote oral health education for all who influence a child’s health status, including parents, caregivers, educators, and health practitioners. Through discussions with regional dentists, we realized there was a need for a curriculum early childhood educators and home visitors could implement all year long, with support from McMillen Health. In collaboration with the Isaac Knapp Dental Education Foundation, we developed Brush, an interdisciplinary oral health curriculum aimed at low-income children and their parents. Brush provides educational and developmental experiences that improve the school readiness of underserved children.