It was all smiles at the ACAP child and family center, because kids learned about the importance of dental health as part of National Children’s Dental Health Month.
“Having good dental health is not only important for adults, but for children as well…I’m ready for my exam.”
“It’s really important for our overall health. It can affect you in so many ways. If kids don’t take care of their teeth, then their adult teeth won’t come in healthy, and it can affect your heart and so many other areas of your overall health,” says Crystal Cummings.
Community Education Specialist, Crystal Cummings, went class to class today showing kids how to properly brush and floss their teeth. They even got some goodies.
“Oral health American along with Mr. Fresh has donated Firefly toothbrushes that have one minute timers, so that the kids know how long to brush. The kids will receive a cup with the toothbrushes that have been donated along with other educational materials, toothpaste,” says Crystal Cummings.
Registered Dental Hygienist, Lucy Morin, was there today to give dental screenings, and Evangeline, a student from Head Start, was the lucky one to get her teeth cleaned today.
What do you like about it?
“I like getting new toothbrushes and I get toys from it,” says Evangeline.
What kind of toothbrush do you usually get?
“I get Hello Kitty, and I usually get a monkey one and a purple dinosaur one,” says Evangeline.
Dr. Cassidy donated a dental chair and Dr. Beldin donated a portable suction unit to ACAP, both which help Morin do her job, and help educate kids.
“I still believe that some parents out there don’t realize the importance of dental health with their children. So at least if I am here educating them, then they’ll maybe get that information, and take it home with them, and have their kids take better care of their teeth,” says Lucy Morin.
All the kids learned how to properly care for their teeth and that going to the dentist isn’t scary. Of course, they were all happy to go home with their cup of goodies.