Children's Dental Health Month
This year our office observed Children's Dental Health Month the same way we have since 2002. Office Manager, Sharon Kubiniec, and I go into local elementary schools and give a presentation that teaches the children about teeth, prevention, and dental health. The idea originally came from the American Dental Association (ADA), which has a program centered on the idea of educating third graders about dental health. Instead of just third graders, here in Batavia, we usually set things up so that every student from K through 4th grade can attend. On February 9th we arrived at Jackson School for our 1:30 and 2:00 pm presentations (photographed below). On February 16th we presented three times to John Kennedy students.
Dr. Mike Tip - Know Your Rule of Twos
To keep your teeth healthy, you brush for TWO minutes TWO times a day. Floss your teeth with TWO hands. See TWO people TWO times a year: your Dentist and Hygienist, and you TOO can have healthy teeth TOday and TOmorrow.
Each presentation includes subject matter suggested by the ADA which we follow this up with demonstrations of proper brushing technique (as seen above) and flossing technique (if the group is 8 years old or older). After that we watch a wonderful animation, "Dudley the Dinosaur Goes to the Dentist," which walks the kids through an everyday normal dental checkup.
At each school, every student gets a tooth brush and tooth paste, which are donated by Colgate (thank you very much!). We have always told the schools that we can present to everyone - not just the third graders. Repeating the presentation each year helps the kids really know how and why to brush your teeth.
See you next year!