Posted Online: Feb. 07, 2013, 10:45 am

Health Dept. notes dental health month

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Press release submitted by Henry & Stark County Health Dept.



"HEALTH DEPARTMENT NOTES NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH"

Throughout the month of February, which is designated National Children's Dental Health Month, staff from the Henry and Stark County Health Departments have been visiting area elementary and preschools to offer instruction to students regarding the importance of good dental care.

RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall, Health Department Public Information Director, has presented to students from preschool to sixth grade. She demonstrates proper toothbrushing and flossing techniques; as well as, explaining how nutrition affects teeth, and how to prevent tooth decay. Tucker-Marshall also stresses the importance of regular checkups and displays a few items used to clean and inspect teeth.

Youngsters are allowed to take part in a short question and answer session regarding the importance of proper dental care for their teeth. Also, everyone in the class receives a special toothbrush, and teachers receive dental information packets containing suggestions for further classroom activities.

This dental education program is just one of a number of health education programs available to area schools through the Health Department. For more information on the Department's education programs, contact the Health Department by calling (309) 852-0197 (Henry) or 852-3115 (Stark) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.