The future looks bright at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School! Katherine Kobierski, a hygienist from Future of Dentistry, recently visited with first-grade students at MVRCS.
As with all our school visits, one of the key topics was proper brushing. Katherine demonstrated the technique using cute stuffed animals with authentic-looking teeth. She explained how brushing is important to your oral and overall health.
Katherine played games that teach children about the connection between healthy eating and healthy teeth. She showed the first-graders how products like candy and ice cream stick to your teeth, which allows bacteria to thrive and cause damage. As the students learned, the same foods that are bad for your body are usually bad for your teeth too!
The students also viewed a science experiment that demonstrates the importance of caring for your teeth. She brought two white eggs that had been hard-boiled and soaked overnight. The egg soaked in water was fine, but the egg that was in soda turned brown and showed cracks and damage. (To try the experiment at home, click here.)
The students also took home a bag of goodies from Future of Dentistry. They received toothpaste, a toothbrush, a smile-themed toy, and more.
The MVRCS first-graders have been learning about the human body this autumn, so Future of Dentistry’s visit was a great fit. The health of your teeth and mouth affects your overall health, which is a message that Future of Dentistry always prioritizes!
Thank you to Mystic Valley Regional Charter School and its students for the warm welcome they showed us! A special thanks to the teachers who made our presentation possible: Mrs. Diane Guerriero, Ms. Amy Arneil, Ms. Amanda Gregory, and Ms. Bridget Sheehan.
The sweet season is upon us again! Starting with Halloween and continuing into December, this is the time of candy, cookies, cupcakes and other sugary goodness.
It may surprise you that Future of Dentistry is not totally opposed to sweets. Our staff have been known to give out candy to trick-or-treaters!
In fact, we’ll be participating in the Halloween celebration on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2-4 p.m., at Greenwood Plaza, located across the street from Future of Dentistry. It’s one of the great events planned for Wakefield’s four-day Haunted Happenings.
There’s nothing wrong with a little candy for a special occasion, but this is a great time to remind kids about proper brushing, flossing and mouth washing. It’s definitely the time of year to reinforce good habits!
If you’d like to give out something a little healthier that kids will still enjoy, here are some fun items:
Why is the Future of Dentistry team wearing pink in this photo? It’s because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We wanted to show our support for the important cause of breast cancer awareness. Everyone working on Oct. 7 wore pink!
As we often tell patients, your oral care is connected to your overall wellness. Breast cancer is one of many diseases and illnesses that are linked to dental health, specifically to periodontal disease (gum disease).
In a recent study of postmenopausal women, the risk of breast cancer was 14 percent higher in women who had gum disease. The incidence was even higher — 32-36% — among women with gum disease who smoke or have a history of smoking.
Researchers have two possible theories to explain the cause:
Systemic inflammation from gum disease may affect breast tissue.
Bacteria from the mouth may enter the circulatory system and affect breast tissue.
Other studies have also linked gum disease and breast cancer. Scientists believe further research will help reveal the reason the two diseases are connected, which could help prevent breast cancer.
In the meantime, prevention of gum disease starts with you. Maintaining good habits will help prevent periodontal disease before it starts. Home care is important for protecting your gums and teeth: brushing, flossing and rinsing at least twice a day. The other part of prevention is visiting the dentist’s office for your biannual cleaning and exam. The clinical team will keep an eye out for early signs of gum disease, among other things.
If you already have periodontal disease, it’s crucial to stick to the schedule of visits recommended by your dentist and follow the personalized plan outlined by our team. When you put your gums and teeth first, you’re putting your health first.
It’s always good to use a visual aide when teaching children. This is true of dental health and science — and this experiment combines both!
The “eggs-periment” uses white eggs to demonstrate how food and beverages affect the condition of our teeth.
Hard-boil two white eggs. Allow to cool.
Fill one plastic cup with soda and one with water.
Put one egg in each cup and leave overnight.
The next day, remove both eggs from the cups. The one in the soda will be stained brown, and the one in the water will look just the same as before.
Let the children observe close-up the difference between the two eggs.
Talk about how the egg’s shell is hard, but it can still be damaged by soda, just like their teeth. The enamel on our teeth protects the softer inside, just like the eggshell protects the egg inside.
Explain how soda contains sugar and acid, which stain teeth and also cause cavities. That’s why it’s important to limit soda intake and brush thoroughly afterward.
Use an old toothbrush on the egg to demonstrate the proper way to brush, with circular motion.
This is a fun exercise for families as well as for schools. It was a big hit when the Future of Dentistry staff visited classrooms recently to talk about dental health!
You can also boil additional eggs and submerge them in other colorful, high-sugar drinks, like fruit juice. Or, try putting one of the eggs in a cup full of milk — you’ll notice milk doesn’t change the color of the egg.
Even younger kids are familiar with the basics of healthy eating nowadays, so it’s easy for them to grasp the idea of food and drinks being healthy or unhealthy for their teeth, as well.