February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

by LT Maria Thompson
Schwab Dental Clinic

Okinawa, Japan – February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.  3d Dental Battalion/U. S. Naval Dental Center Okinawa will be visiting Marine Corps Installations Pacific Elementary Schools and CDCs.

11-12 FEB   Bechtel Elementary School
13 FEB          CDC Mc-T Courtney
14 FEB          Ashibina CDC
19-20 FEB   Kinser Elementary School
25 FEB          Kinser CDC
26-28 FEB   Edward C. Killin Elementary School

During the school visits, we will provide dental screening for students grades K-1, visit grades K-5 classrooms with dental health presentations, and sponsor a coloring contest for K-4 and an essay contest for 5th grade.

3d Dental Battalion/U. S. Naval Dental Center Okinawa will also be sponsoring a Library Fun/Parent Education Day at the Camp Foster Library on Saturday, February 8th from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Parents and children will learn about the benefits of good oral health, what to expect on the first dental visit, ways to prevent early childhood caries, and proper brushing and flossing techniques.  There will be stories and games.

As a friendly reminder, with proper care, a balanced diet and regular dental visits, a child’s permanent teeth can remain healthy, strong and last a lifetime.  Little or no fluoride makes teeth more susceptible to cavities.  The simplest and most effective means to ensure your child receives the optimal amount of fluoride is to drink fluoridated bottled water available at base commissaries or exchanges.

LT Maria Thompson, General Dentist
Schwab Dental Clinic, Camp Schwab
3d Dental Battalion/U. S. Naval Dental Center Okinawa
DSN 625-2603

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