Dental Hygienist Rita Anderson teaches students how to properly brush their teeth Wednesday at Wapakoneta Elementary School as part of the schoolâ€™s Dental Health Week activities. (Staff photo/John Bush)
As part of National Children’s Dental Health Month, Wapakoneta Elementary School brought in a dental hygienist to teach second-graders about the importance of oral health.
Dental Hygienist Rita Anderson, who works in Dr. Barry Aab’s Office at Auglaize Dental Associates LLC, spoke to four classrooms of second-graders about what foods they should and shouldn’t eat, how to properly brush their teeth, and took them through the process of a dental appointment.
Anderson told the students about the adverse effect that eating a lot of sugary foods can have on their teeth, and encouraged them to eat a lot of healthy food like fruits and vegetables. She also discussed cavities and what students can do to avoid them.
She then used a large toothbrush and a stuffed alligator to demonstrate to the children how they are supposed to brush their teeth, and the students took turns practicing proper brushing methods.
For the full story, see the Thursday Feb. 20 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.