Taking Care of Their Pearly Whites

In celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, Blue Point Elementary School kindergarten students learned about the importance of daily brushing when Stacey Varley, a local dental educator, visited the school.

Ms. Varley, who works with the South Shore Pediatric Dentistry group, encouraged the students to brush their teeth twice a day, floss regularly and schedule dental visits to ensure complete oral health. The students were able to view a model of teeth and learn about the different instruments that dentists use when examining and treating patients. The students also had the chance to identify foods that contribute to healthy mouths and were reminded to enjoy sugary treats sparingly.

As a complement to the in-class visit, the kindergartners created visual representations of healthy teeth when they painted brown tooth-shaped construction paper white with large toothbrushes.

The American Dental Association sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month each year to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.