Thanks to the help of a friendly dinosaur, children learned about proper dental care Tuesday at Braswell Memorial Library.
The presentation was made by Angel Mills, a dental hygienist at the office of Dr. Frank Courts.
“A lot people are kind of uneducated about kids’s teeth,” Mills said. “They think they are baby teeth and they are going to fall out, so they really do not stress it.”
Mills said some baby teeth can stick around until the child is 11 years old.
“If they do not take care of them or they have cavities, they are not going to fall out until later, and that causes toothaches,” Mills said.
These can lead to infection, which is very bad for children’s health, Mills said.
The children were taught proper brushing techniques, before watching a video about Dudley the Dinosaur’s trip to the dentist.
Mills also taught the children about the difference between good foods and bad foods.
One item people might presume goes under the “good food” category is actually a “bad food,” Mills said.
“The juice we stress a lot, because a lot of parents think it is healthy,” Mills said. “We see in our office it causes cavities.”
Cutting down on the amount of juice children drink, as well as helping them brush their teeth, is a good way to improve dental health in children, Mills said.