Dental assistant training students visit classes to teach dental hygiene
(Photo courtesy of Sunshine Mejia, Dental Assistant Instructor at Harris School of Business, Voorhees)
Washington Township, N.J. – Did you know that every February, the American Dental Association promotes National Children’s Dental Health Month? During this month, the ADA focuses on the issues surrounding pediatric dentistry and the importance of establishing strong dental hygiene practices among children.
This February, Dental Assistant students from the Harris School of Business in Voorhees took an active role in Children’s Dental Health month. They wanted to promote better dental hygiene among young people, so under the direction of instructor Sunshine Mejia, the students visited kindergarten classes at Grenloch Terrace Early Childhood Center in Washington Township. Susan Barton, the kindergarten teacher, welcomed the Harris students to her classroom, where they worked with the children to teach them about proper tooth brushing, how to floss correctly, and even the kind of healthy diet that is best for dental health.
Here are some dental hygiene tips for young people, ages 6 and older. Ask your children to:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, for 2 minutes each time.
- Use a very soft-bristled toothbrush, and a light touch so that you don’t damage your teeth or gums.
- Even remember to brush your tongue!
- Take special care to brush the teeth in the very back top of your mouth—they are the hardest to reach.
- Floss gently before bed. Make sure you floss between all teeth, and even behind the back teeth.
- Don’t eat or drink anything (other than water) after you’ve brushed and flossed your teeth before bed.
- Avoid sugary snacks and starchy snacks that stick in your teeth.
- Be sure to smile and show off your healthy teeth!
Parents should also make sure their children get regular dental checkups, and might want to ask their child’s dentist about dental sealants. For more information about National Children’s Dental Health, visit the ADA’s mouth healthy website.
At the Harris School of Business, learning about dental hygiene is just one of the many topics learned in the Dental Assistant training program. Students also learn dental anatomy, chair side assisting, dental radiology, office procedures, and more. For more information about this program, or any of the career-focused training programs at the Harris School, fill out our information form, and a representative will contact you shortly.