Working to Prevent Early Childhood Cavities

By: Allison Miller
By: Allison Miller

Showing off their teeth and opening wide, Head Start students got a start at good dental health Wednesday as part of a new early childhood cavity prevention program.

Area dentists and hygienists volunteered their time to check for signs of Early Childhood Cavities, a severe form of tooth decay found in 30 percent of area Head Start toddlers.

The program offers education to parents about the risks of high sugar sodas and juices and the importance of good brushing along with offering free fluoride treatments and referrals for more extensive exams.

The program expects to serve over 100 students this year.

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