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Students learning healthy habits

Tuesday, 27th March, 2012

CLEAN TEETH: Kindy students Taylor-Jayne Mullins, Lucy Eckert and Jett Collins with Bachelor of Oral Health student Kosta Cotsonis learning about oral health. CLEAN TEETH: Kindy students Taylor-Jayne Mullins, Lucy Eckert and Jett Collins with Bachelor of Oral Health student Kosta Cotsonis learning about oral health.

Broken Hill school children - and their parents - are being given a lesson in oral health in the hope it translates into a lifelong habit.

Two University of Sydney Bachelor of Oral Health students will spend the next two weeks visiting local schools to teach children about the importance of looking after teeth from an early age.

Yesterday students at North Primary School were visited and taught about correct teeth brushing techniques, everyday and sometimes foods, the importance of teeth and visiting a dentist or dental therapist.

Kindergarten teacher, Laura Peters said the children in her class, KP, were aware of the importance of keeping up their oral health.

She said the visiting oral health students, Kosta Cotsonis and Daniel Zhang, reinforced that message.

“It allows the students to be aware of why we need to keep our teeth clean,” Ms Peters said.

Far West Local Health District Oral Health Service Manager, Karen Kennedy said the presentations were aimed at educating children and their parents.

“All parents are welcome to attend because it is acknowledged that for good oral health education, it is vital to educate parents and carers,” she said.

Final year dental students come to Broken Hill every year to talk about oral health but have not visited all schools in the past.

“We broadened the scope this year and will try to cover all schools as well as some pre-schools with the parents/carers attending,” Mrs Kennedy said.

“There is significant evidence that establishing regular tooth brushing at least twice a day into the daily routine of children reduces dental decay.”

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