Monday, February 20, 2017

Tooth Fairy And Kevin Long Visit School

LABELLE, FL. -- On February 17th, the 1st grade students at Upthegrove Elementary School received education on a variety of dental topics from Kevin Long, RN, School Health Consultant, LaBelle Schools. Topics covered were: importance of maintaining your teeth, dental anatomy, proper brushing techniques, formation of plaque and cavities and healthy eating habits.

A surprise visit by “Mary the Tooth Fairy” along with toothbrushes for the students concluded the program. Joe Pepe, Administrator/Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties stated. “It is important for all children and adults to brush their teeth at least twice a day for two minutes, once after breakfast and once before going to bed.”

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends starting tooth brushing as soon as the first baby tooth appears. It is also recommended to start small with a soft toothbrush and a” rice-sized” amount of toothpaste. As more teeth come in and your child gets older, you can begin increasing the amount of toothpaste slowly to the size of a pea. The AAPD recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six monthsafter the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth typically begin growing in around 6 months of age.

Pictured: Left to right are Kylee Carmo, Emma Faulkner, Krissi Pack, Nathaniel Ledford with “Mary the Tooth Fairy” Photo right: Mary the Tooth Fairy Bartoshuk and Kevin Long, RN

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