Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ferris Gets Involved in National Children’s Dental Health Month

BIG RAPIDS – The teeth of a child are precious and the designation of February as National Children’s Dental Health Month aims to further drive that point home to kids and parents.

Ferris State University’s Student American Dental Hygiene Association, a registered student organization, is reaching out to children and their parents through its annual Children’s Dental Health Fair as part of, the American Dental Association-sponsored NCDHM.

The fair is open to children under age 13 and will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in Ferris’ Dental Hygiene Clinic in the Allied Health Sciences Building located at 200 Ferris Drive.

Participants are eligible for free exams, X-rays (for qualifying patients), sealants and fluoride treatments.

“It is a fun way to help educate the public about dental health and to give back to the community,” said Ashley Theobald of Iron Mountain, SADHA president. “I am so thankful for the participation of local businesses and the dentists for their support in making this event really special every year.”

But, this fair is not all about good teeth, exams and treatments. Organizers anticipate a lot of smiles from participants.

“There will also be games, prizes, snacks, face painting, and educational table clinics and activities,” said Theobald, who is in her third year at Ferris and graduates in May.

SADHA has been actively involved in a number of activities to promote good dental hygiene. The student group decorated a display case in the Ferris library (FLITE) as a way to inform people about the importance of dental health and routine care for children. She also added that the organization works with local schools to provide free dental care in the clinic for 4-year-old children involved in Focus on Fours.

Annette Jackson, Dental Hygiene Clinic operations supervisor in the College of Allied Health Sciences, and Kathleen Harlan, assistant professor of Dental Hygiene and Medical Imaging, serve as SADHA co-advisors and have worked with Theobald and other students to organize this month’s events.

Through NCDHM, the ADA estimates its message about the importance of oral health has reached millions of people around the country. The organization believes that developing good practices at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits help children establish good habits that could lead to healthy teeth and gums through adulthood.

For more information about NCDHM, visit the ADA’s Web site at: http://www.ada.org/prof/events/featured/ncdhm.asp


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