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By Marielle Pariseau DMD
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Oh'Pal that's a funny name no? Here is what it means: O is for Oral and H is for Health. Pal, by definition is a very close, intimate friend; an accomplice. So there you have it. Oh'Pal is the disposable toothbrush with a social purpose about to become your oral health's Best Friend Forever!

Pre-pasted with FDA approved and safe to swallow Xylitol, Oh'Pal's waterless technology eliminates the need for a sink, water and spitting. Oh'Pal makes flossing and brushing possible anywhere, anytime.

Our Misson: A Prevention Revolution!

Spread Supervised Flossing and Brushing Programs in all Elementary Schools and encourage everyone to floss and brush after each meal, anytime, anywhere.

 

          With a 4 easy steps method built right into its handle!

     Flossing and brushing after every meal anywhere anytime. 

 BENEFITS

  •  EASY TO USE: the size and design of the handle along with the 4 thumb rests make Oh’Pal easier to use than any of the disposable toothbrushes available.
  • RECYCLABLE: Oh’Pal is made of polypropylene, #5 plastic. TeethFirst is committed to recycle Oh’Pals used in school programs and invites you to recycle your Oh’Pals too.
  • ONE SIZE FITS ALL: Oh’Pal teaches children and adults alike to floss first, every single time.
  • ECONOMICAL: Studies in England have shown savings of up to 2 1/2 times the cost of implementing supervised toothbrushing programs.
  • HEALTHY MOUTH, HEALTHY BODY: Research indicates that good oral hygiene has overall health benefits including reducing the possibility of heart disease and some cancers.
  • IN-YOUR-FACE-FRESH BREATH: Oh’Pal keeps your pearlies white and your gums pink. That’s great! But removing food debris, germs and bacteria in between and around your teeth after each meal with Oh’Pal, you will also keep your breath in-your-face-fresh for hours.
  • BROADCASTING YOUR PRESENCE: Leave no trace of your presence when hiking or camping in the wilderness since you don’t need to rinse or spit when you floss and brush with Oh’Pal.
  • FLOSS AND BRUSH IN YOUR SEAT: At the end of a long journey, the onboard bathrooms are usually busy and smelly. With Oh’Pal, you can floss and brush in the comfort of your seat. Your fellow passengers will be grateful and envious.
  • SOCIAL IMPACT: Supervised daily oral hygiene practices in schools make a big difference in reducing tooth decay and narrowing the disparity gap. With our Buy One Give One model, TeethFirst facilitates the implementation of school programs.

 

 

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Our research shows that  we are not keeping our children's teeth healthy.
                                      
  • By age 5, 24% of children have tooth decay. 
  •  By age 15, it's 50% 
  •  By age 19 it's 67%
Dentistry under general anesthesia is the number one user of Operating Room time in Children's Hospitals. Since almost all children are born with perfect enamel and enamel is the hardest tissue in the whole body, it's time to rethink what needs to be done to keep our children healthy.

In Scotland they have done the re-thinking and acted upon their findings since 1986. With supervised tooth brushing programs in schools, they have consistently and significantly reduced tooth decay in schools, communities and across the whole country. What would it take for us to follow suit? Oh'Pal is the SIMPLE, QUICK and MESS FREE solution!

  

Reaching our goal will support the launch of Supervised Flossing and Brushing Programs in Kindergarten classrooms across three School Districts where there is a high percentage of residents without health insurance. This means helping hundreds of kids who don’t benefit from regular dental visits because these children all go to school. Working together, we can make a difference. Our dream is to double the $40,000.00 goal as to also include other school districts with a high percentage of residents without health insurance… and then, expand beyond that. 

We need your help to promote daily supervised oral health practices in elementary schools. We hope you will support us by reserving your Oh'Pal Packages for yourself and your loved ones, sponsor a classroom or a whole school in your community, or take the initiative to launch a Supervised Flossing and Brushing Program in a school near you. 

 

At TeethFirst an idea was born several years ago when Dr. Marielle Pariseau learned about the National Supervised Toothbrushing Program in Scotland. She got inspired to make flossing and brushing in the classroom easy for the teachers and fun for the children. This led to the creation of Oh'Pal.

TeethFirst teamed up with Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies (PCCAPS) and with McPolin Elementary School, to design a special toothbrush that would be safe and easy to use. We also asked Treasure Mountain Junior High School Leadership class to help us raise awareness of the importance of flossing for good oral health. Early on, we sought the expert advice of Insa Riepen of Recycle Utah who guided us into making this disposable toothbrush earth friendly.

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Your backing will allow TeethFirst to build a bank of Oh'Pals to provide for underfunded school districts.

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TOGETHER, WE CAN REWRITE THE STORY OF TOOTH DECAY

TeethFirst will assist school districts in launching Supervised Flossing and Brushing programs, giving elementary school children the benefit of daily oral hygiene practices. Working together we will see a new generation of children grow up free of tooth decay.

Back us today. With your support TeethFirst will become the self-sustaining Social Impact Business it strives to be. Give us the momentum we need to launch more school programs.

 

 

Risks and challenges

This is our first project and we recognize that it is an ambitious one. However, based on the following statements, we feel that we have minimized the risk of our Crowd Funding Campaign to the best of our ability.

1- Our design is based on in depth research. It has been vetted by numerous teachers and tested by hundreds of children and adults.
2- We sourced the very best manufacturers.
3- We interviewed numerous successful Kickstarter Campaigners who generously shared their tips for a successful campaign. We took copious notes and applied their wisdom to our campaign. We are ready to fulfill the demand.
4- By giving one Oh'Pal to school programs for every Oh'Pal sold, TeethFirst is fully invested in making Supervised Flossing and Brushing in Elementary School Classrooms a reality.
5- Our top goal is a positive revolution in oral health: 1 = 2 !

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    Social Change Supporter of TeethFirst

    As a supporter you will get instant Karma for helping TeethFirst take a bite out of tooth decay. Thank you for your gift. We will put it to good use to get Oh'Pal in the little hands of more kindergartners through Supervised Flossing and Brushing Programs.

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    Oh'Pal Lunchbox Package (EARLY BIRD)

    Eating one meal away from home every week day? This is the perfect package for you. A month supply of 20 Oh'Pals to complement your daily lunch routine. Floss and brush at your desk or on the go after lunch.

    *Your reward will be matched with a gift of 20 Oh'Pals for school children in need.

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    Oh'Pal Lunchbox Package

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    *Your reward will be matched with a gift of 20 Oh'Pals for school children in need.

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    Oh'Pal Tooth Fairy Package (EARLY BIRD)

    True fan of shiny teeth, healthy gums and in-your-face-fresh breath? This package is for you. This box features 72 individually wrapped Oh'Pals, each one ready to follow you anywhere and to offer around too.

    *Your reward will be matched with a gift of 72 Oh'Pals for school children in need.

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    Oh'Pal Display Box (EARLY BIRD)

    Are you an educator, healthcare provider, hotelier or restaurateur? Offering Oh'Pal to your students / clients is a great way to show that you care about their oral health. This display box features 18 Packs of 4 Oh'Pals.

    *Your reward will be matched with a gift of 72 Oh'Pals for school children in need.

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    Oh'Pal Tooth Fairy Package

    True fan of shiny teeth, healthy gums and in-your-face-fresh breath? This package is for you. This box features 72 individually wrapped Oh'Pals, each one ready to follow you anywhere and to offer around too.

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    *Your reward will be matched with a gift of 72 Oh'Pals for school children in need.

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    Oh'Pal Pixie Dust (Kickstarter Special)

    Get the best of both worlds with this package. 1 box of individually wrapped Oh'Pals and 1 Display Box of 18 Resealable 4-packs. Spread the habit of Oh'Paling your teeth! (Estimated retail price $165)

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    Oh'Pal Dentist

    Give Oh'Pals to your patients. Buy 6 boxes of 72 individually wrapped Oh'Pal and get 1 display box FREE!

    *Your reward will be matched with a gift of 432 Oh'Pals for school children in need.

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    Oh'Pal 20 Club (KICKSTARTER SPECIAL)

    Sponsorship of an ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR of Supervised Flossing and Brushing with Oh'Pal for 20 Kindergartners in your community. (Estimated Institution price $1,800)

    *Your reward will be matched with a gift of 3,600 Oh'Pals for school children in need.

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    Oh'Pal 40 Club (KICKSTARTER SPECIAL)

    Sponsorship of an ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR of Supervised Flossing and Brushing with Oh'Pal for 40 Kindergartners in your community. (Estimated Institution price $3,600)

    *Your reward will be matched with a gift of 7,200 Oh'Pals for school children in need.

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    Oh'Pal 60 Club (KICKSTARTER SPECIAL)

    Sponsorship of an ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR of Supervised Flossing & Brushing with Oh'Pal for 60 Kindergartners in your community. (Estimated Institution price $5400)

    *Your reward will be matched with a gift of 10,800 Oh'Pals for school children in need.

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    A day with Dr. Marielle Pariseau

    At this level, Dr. Pariseau will come and spend a day to inspire your community to weave oral health in its fabric of caring.
    An inspiring dentist and entrepreneur, change leader and award winning speaker, Dr. Pariseau speaks about teeth like no one else. She will change your perceptions about teeth, lead you to rethink your habits and spur you into action in your community.
    Invite Dr. Pariseau to speak about Oral Health and how Oh'Pal in school programs addresses the seemingly intractable problem of tooth decay. Not a scary dentist, Marielle will inspire you with her passion about teeth as she shares her no-nonsense approach to breaking the cycle of dental diseases.

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    Oh'Pal 80 Club (KICKSTARTER SPECIAL)

    Sponsorship of an ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR of Supervised Flossing & Brushing with Oh'Pal for 80 Kindergartners in your community. (Estimated Institution price $7,200)

    *Your reward will be matched with a gift of 14,400 Oh'Pals for school children in need.

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    Oh'Pal 100 Club (KICKSTARTER SPECIAL)

    Sponsorship of an ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR of Supervised Flossing & Brushing with Oh'Pal for 100 Kindergartners in your community. (Estimated Institution price $9,000)

    *Your reward will be matched with a gift of 18,000 Oh'Pals for school children in need.

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