Dentists from KCU Joplin visit elementary school to teach the importance of good oral hygiene
According to the CDC, among adolescents aged 12 to 19, more than half (57%) have had a cavity in their permanent teeth. Among adults aged 20 and older, about 90% have had at least one cavity. 1 in 4 adults aged 20 to 64 currently has at least one cavity.
Doctors from Kansas City University Joplin College of Dental Medicine visited Irving Middle School in Joplin Friday to teach about the importance of good oral habits early in life. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
Even before the pandemic, the number of dentists and dental assistants was inadequate throughout the US. According to the Health Policy Institute at the American Dental Association, 40% of dental practices nationwide report having open positions.
Among practices with openings, 90% report finding workers challenging. Due to the shortage, it’s even more important to learn good oral hygiene practices early in life. KCU Joplin’s College of Dental Medicine’s Dr. Erinne Kennedy gave a presentation, “Show Me What Makes You Smile,” to eager 4 and 5 graders at Irving Elementary on Friday.
So the purpose of the visit here to Irving is to set these students up for success. We’re going to talk about oral health behaviors. We are going to talk about how to brush, how to floss, what foods help feed, feed the good bacteria in your mouth, and make you healthy.”
February isNational Children Dental Month, when dentists reinforce brushing twice daily, flossing daily, eating healthy and limiting sugars, and going to the dentist at least twice a year. For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro