Turtle Creek first graders taught about healthy teeth

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From Turtle Creek Elementary School First Grade Teacher Madie Jacobson: 

February was National Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month.

The children and I did a week-long study on our teeth and how important it is to keep them healthy as we grow up. We talked about how many times a day we should brush, what foods are good for our teeth or harmful to our teeth, and how it is important to visit the dentist two times a year.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research states that: “despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. More than 40 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have had a cavity in their primary (baby) teeth, and more than two-thirds of 16- to 19-year-olds have had a cavity in their permanent teeth.”

My students were given a home log to record that they brushed their teeth for the entire month of March, two times a day. After my students returned from spring break, two special guests from Whitewater Family Dentistry, Dr. Casey Sidders and Ms. Sam Lewin, offered their time to come talk to our class about our teeth.

They did some fabulous activities with my students. It was an opportunity for my students to learn some new things and gave them the chance to tell Dr. Sidders and Ms. Lewin everything they had learned.

They also received a wonderful gift, a “tooth care” bag, courtesy of Dr. Casey Sidders, Dr. Bart Kraus, and Dr. Robert Dillman of Whitewater Family Dentistry.

Also, congratulations Ms. Lewin on being accepted to Marquette Dental School! Our class is very excited for you.

-Miss. Jacobson and her First Grade Class

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