PHOTOS: Burnsville Elementary Students Get Dental Lesson

Dr. Kim Denton gives kids from Sioux Trail Elementary School lessons on oral health care, Monday morning as part of the Delta Dental Foundation. Photo: KSTP/Jim O'Connell
Dr. Kim Denton gives kids from Sioux Trail Elementary School lessons on oral health care, Monday morning as part of the Delta Dental Foundation.

November 15, 2017 10:36 PM

Monday morning first grade students at Sioux Trail Elementary School enjoyed a visit from local dentist Dr. Kim Denton who gave kids lessons on oral health care, as part of the Smiles@School program made possible by Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation.

The Delta Dental care team handed bright green backpacks filled with toothbrushes, sparkly toothpaste, and many more special tools for dental health care. 

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Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation's Smiles@School Program: 

This fall, first grade students across Minnesota are being treated to oral health care education in their classrooms, to help build healthy smiles in their years to come. 

The Foundation is providing 55,000 first grade students with sports backpacks filled with tools to help them care for their teeth. In addition, an estimated 4,000 school children will receive dental sealants and fluoride through in-school treatments, which have been shown to prevent an additional thirty three percent of tooth decay, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

"Despite easy prevention, tooth decay is the most common childhood disease - even more common than asthma or allergies," said Joe Lally, Executive Director of Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. "School-based programs are a proven method of delivering important information during critical habit forming years. We're grateful to our community partners and local teachers who help instill these healthy baits early"

Half of Minnesota's third graders have experienced tooth decay, which disproportionately affects children from low-income families and makes concentration on learning difficult. Nationally, more than 51 million hours of school are lost each year due to dental disease. 

This first grade program engages students as they grow to establish important health habits and aims to eliminate tooth decay in school-age children. Students are well on their way to healthier futures. 

To learn mre about Smiles@School, click here

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