Learning the alphabet, multiplication table, history and geography of the world are important subjects that are learned in school. As you grow older the thought of “when am I going to use this information in the real world?” may cross your mind, you’ll soon find out that the answer is: more often than you think. There are some things that aren’t taught at length in school, but are still very important to know.
One of those things is how to achieve optimal dental health. Yes, there are health classes, and the mouth may get a featured segment during a lesson plan, but an in depth look at the teeth, gums, tongue and how they work together for the overall benefit of the health of the human body is usually never done. Some dentists are volunteering their time to change this. “According to Bill Jones, president and CEO at the United Way, Volunteers in Medicine received a $30,000 grant to administer the Healthy Smile for a Healthy Start Program. The clinic will provide preventive dental education to at-risk children on topics such as the importance of dental hygiene, brushing, flossing and healthy dietary habits. Jones said children and their families in need of oral health services will be connected to the VIM dental clinic. The funding will support services such as dental cleanings, screenings, education and application of sealants for children.”
Educating the youth is the best way to create healthy habits at an early age that will promote long lasting oral hygiene.