HONESDALE - When asked the number of times a day and minutes they should spend brushing their teeth, preschool students at Bethany Children’s House in Honesdale were just a tad off with the reply of “one hundred.”
Two times a day, two minutes each time is correct. The pop quiz on oral hygiene was all part of a surprise visit by staff from the Together for Health Dental Center (TFHDC), part of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC), in observance of National Children’s Dental Health Month.
The American Dental Association recognizes February as National Children’s Dental Health Month each year.
In keeping with the goal to promote good oral health to children, parents and teachers, TFHDC’s Community Dental Health Coordinator Lori Wood, who is also a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) and Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner (PHDHP), sat down with groups of 3 to 5-year-olds at the school to discuss the importance of a healthy smile.
According to Wood approximately one year of age is the ideal time for a child’s first dental visit.
“It’s an appropriate age for a careful examination of the development of your child’s mouth and to spot problems such as baby bottle tooth decay, teething irritations and gum disease,” she said.
Along on her visit, Wood brought the Tooth Fairy, Angie Cain, who while decked out in a blue tulle gown and carrying a wand topped with a set of bright, shiny teeth, read the preschoolers a book entitled, Happy, Healthy Teeth.
The children also had a chance to practice their own brushing skills by helping brush the pearly whites of Dudley the Dinosaur, a puppet belonging to Wood who never leaves home without his oversized toothbrush.
Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers offers comprehensive dental services to adults and children at the Together for Health Dental Center in Honesdale.
Most private insurance, managed care plans and medical assistance are accepted.
Additionally, a sliding fee scale is offered for those who qualify.
Call (570) 251-6534 to make an appointment.
WMCHC is a federally qualified health center clinically affiliated with Wayne Memorial Health System, Inc.
For more information on all WMCHC services, visit www.wmh.org/WMCHC, call (570) 253-8390 or follow Wayne Memorial Hospital on Facebook.