Preschool Community Observation

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This week we visited two preschool classroom at YMCA East Hartford, and it is always a joy to interact with small children. They are so eager to learn, that they absorb everything like sponges. I think that taking the time to do this type of community work truly will make a difference in the lives of these kids. We taught them about the importance of teeth, the difference of healthy and unhealthy food, the caries process, and how brushing and visiting the dentist will help prevent decay. According to statistic from the CDC, 1of 5 children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth. Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain…show more content…
As a kid, I did not know I had to brush twice a day, or visit the dentist on a regular basis. I personally went to the dentist for the first time when I was 10 years old, and by that time I had already a few cavities. However, it was very encouraging knowing that almost all of the kids we saw at the YMCA, they knew about those things, and had already visited the dentist. According to the America Academy of Pediatrics, a child visit to a dentist for a fist checkup should be by age 1. After doing our presentations, we did screening for decay, extracted, or filled teeth, and out of the seven kids that I checked on the second preschool classroom, only two presented dental…show more content…
However, I believe that there is so much that still need to be done to help lower the occurrence of tooth decay among children, and the most important step is to educate parents on how to ensure good oral health for their children. The first step should be educate parents about the benefits of fluoride, and the different ways that it can be provided to children. For example, fluoridated toothpastes and mouth rinses, professional application at the dental office, and fluoridated water. For children who lives in areas without fluoridated water is not available, parents should be advised to discuss the possibility of getting oral fluoride supplements, like drops, tablets, or lozenges from the dentist or the pediatrician. However, to prevent fluorosis it is important that children under 6 years of age are supervised during brushing to make sure that they are using only a pea-sized amount of tooth paste and are spiting it out and not swallowing it; children under 2 years of age should not use fluoridated tooth paste. Other preventing measure that parents need to learn about are regular dental visit, dental sealants, nutrition, and eating habits (Children’s oral health,

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