Teeth they come in handy when you chew or smile.
Kindergartners at a local Asheville elementary school found out all about teeth when Dr. Steve Saunders visited their school bringing the message of good dental health, as part of the National Children’s Dental Health Month.
In celebration of the birthday of famed children’s author Dr. Seuss, Dr. Steve read aloud the book, titled The Tooth Book and displayed the tools of the dental trade: mirror, probe, digital x-rays, loops (eye glasses with an attached light), and of course–a toothbrush and floss.
With the aid of a stuffed animal with large teeth, Dr. Steve demonstrated how to brush and floss properly. He gave the children small hour-glass timers to remind them that it takes at least two full minutes to brush thoroughly. He also told them to watch out for those sugary drinks and snacks that cause bacteria to grow and to eat healthy foods.
The children asked many questions, including, What is your favorite part of being a dentist? Dr. Steve’s answer? The pleasure of helping his patients achieve their best dental health.
When it was time to go, each child went home with their own dental tool kit, containing toothbrush, toothpaste, floss threader, hour-glass timer, stickers and an eagerness to brush their teeth!