There were plenty of reasons to smile at Fairgrieve Elementary School on Friday, as local dentist Frank Fruce helped students “brush up” on healthy oral hygiene habits.
During two separate presentations, and in conjunction with National Children’s Dental Health Month, Dr. Fruce talked to students about maintaining clean teeth and gums and the importance of flossing.
He also discussed the impact that unhealthy choices, such as smoking, have on a person’s mouth.
“Inhaling smoke dries your mouth and makes more bacteria accumulate,” Fruce explained. “It turns your teeth brown and causes different kinds of cancer and other health problems.”
Fruce encouraged the students to make good decisions when it comes to nutrition and lifestyle habits.
Such decisions play a role in a person’s overall well-being. “We want you to be healthy,” he said. “Taking care of your teeth goes hand-in-hand with taking care of your body and overall health.”
After watching a video on proper brushing techniques and learning about how foods can affect oral health, students asked Fruce several questions relating to the profession.
When asked about the academic requirements to become a dentist, Fruce stressed the importance of hard work.
“It takes about nine years of college and it takes effort,” Fruce said. “You can all be dentists if you want to be. Just work hard, study, do well in school and you can be whatever you want to be in life.”
In addition to walking away from the presentation with a wealth of knowledge about good oral hygiene habits, each student also received a toothbrush from the local dentist.