Two days after his first day of school, Daniel Krieger started getting oral health messages from his teachers.
The message was simple: Learn about oral hygiene and you will be able to feel healthier.
“They told me to read the books, and that it was good for you, and it was just good to read about it,” Kriegers said.
Krieggers, a junior at East Bay High School in Berkeley, Calif., said his teachers were trying to impart a positive message.
“It was really good to hear that it’s okay to take care of yourself and that you can have a normal life and be happy,” Kries said.
But when Kriegartens parents were approached by the school district about his message, they weren’t pleased.
“The fact that they want to educate their students and then they are saying that they have no idea how to take action on this?
That’s just completely inappropriate,” Kreygis father, Joe Krieberg, said.
Krieger is now a junior in high school, and his teachers want to see him succeed academically, not as a student.
But as he was learning about oral care, Kriegger said he had a gut feeling he needed to take his education to the next level.
“My family is pretty conservative and I kind of didn’t know how to put my mouth to work,” Kriegers father said.
“I really had no idea what I was doing and what I needed to learn,” Kugers father added.
The Krieggers started a GoFundMe page to raise money to purchase a device to teach their son oral hygiene.
The campaign is raising more than $2,500 so far, and they hope to raise $30,000.
The device is called a dental drill.
It’s essentially a drill with a mouthpiece.
When you insert it into the mouth, a microphone picks up your sounds and translates them into the device, which then tells your teacher what to do.
The goal of the campaign is to educate students about oral healthcare and raise money so that Daniel Kries can get the education he needs to be successful in school.
“We know that he has a high school diploma, and I think that the public should know that, and this is just to educate people,” Kielberg said.
The teachers are also hoping to help with Krie’s learning by giving him advice on how to treat his mouth.
“He’s going to need a lot of help and support,” Krielers father, Daniel said.