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Teaches Preschoolers How Good Nutrition Affects Oral Health

February 23, 2011 Back Mountain, PA:

The preschoolers of Wyoming Valley Montessori were all smiles when dental assistant Terri Dempsey of Back Mountain Dental shared a presentation about good foods and great smiles to celebrate National Nutrition Month. Through visual and interactive education, Terri taught the young scholars, age 18 months to 6 years, how to choose healthy snacks and how good foods affect oral health. 

“I taught the children that what you put in your mouth should be good for your body and your mouth. Even at a very young age, kids can make wise decisions about snacks and drinks, and they understand the basic purpose of eating right.” Terri explained to her audience that apples are great foods for cleaning your teeth, and they also make a healthy snack for your body. Celery, carrots, and other crunchy veggies help strengthen our teeth, so they are good snacks, as well.

“I also tell kids that it’s okay to have a treat now and then; a piece of candy is fine. But they should clean their teeth after eating sweets, and they should eat healthy snacks regularly.” The crazy number of the day is always number 2, according to Terri, because kids should brush twice a day for 2 minutes and visit the dentist at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings.

In addition to discussing nutrition and oral health, Terri focused on making children feel comfortable with dentists and dental professionals. She wore her medical mask to show children what they might see at the dental office, and she explained hat dental visits are fun. All the preschoolers left the presentation with goodie bags filled with stickers, tooth brushes, floss, and pencils.

About Back Mountain Dental
Terri Dempsey has 17 years of experience as a dental assistant, and she has been with Dr. James DeFinnis since 2006. Located near Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, Back Mountain Dental provides sedation, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry to patients of all ages.

For more information, or to schedule a presentation by Terri at your school, contact Jodee DeFinnis of Back Mountain Dental at jodee@backmountaindental.com or 570-763-4360.


April 5, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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