Good oral health is more than a pretty smile, and Meridian Community College Dental Hygiene students shared that and more when they visited local and area, school-age children.
Their visits were in connection with National Children’s Dental Health Month, which is observed every February.
Using oversized toothbrushes and large sets of teeth, the Dental Hygiene students showed youths how to brush correctly and how to choose healthy snacks; they also encouraged them to visit the dentist regularly. Experts agree: Developing good oral health habits at an early age, and visiting the dentist regularly helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Both first-year and second-year Dental Hygiene Program students visited Parkview, Harris Lower, Oakland Heights, Poplar Springs, Crestwood, West Hills and West Lauderdale elementary schools. Also, the students talked to four-year-olds at a local Head Start Center.
photo: MCC Dental Hygiene Program students Lexi Riley, left, Anna Katherine Slaughter and Natalie Gulczynski talk to Parkview Elementary School students about good oral hygiene.