February was National Children’s Dental Health Month, an observance that brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers and others to promote the benefits of good oral health to children. This year's NCDHM campaign slogan was "Brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile."
Shenandoah Community Health (SCH) visited their school business partner, Tuscarora Elementary School, to educated students on good oral hygiene. Over 300 students attended a presentation by Macey Oliver, Dental Assistant, of SCH’s Oral Health Center—Healthy Smiles. Students learned tips specifically for school-aged children including how and when to brush, the importance of regular dental exams, limiting sugary drinks and snacks, how to floss, and what to do if they feel a loose or achy tooth. Each student was sent home with bag that included a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste and information for parents on when children should have their first dental exam, when to expect changes from primary to permanent teeth, and proper brushing and flossing techniques. Students were also asked to participate in a “Brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile” coloring contest which Healthy Smiles will present a prize to a winner in each grade.
For more information Shenandoah Community Health’s Oral Health Center, Healthy Smiles, please visit www.shencommhealth.com or to schedule an appointment with Healthy Smiles, call 304.267.0250.