Bridges to Success students learned the dangers of tobacco use and other poor oral health habits when dental hygienist Marcy Wener stopped by the alternative education program.
Wener said dental hygiene routines of brushing teeth twice daily for two minutes each and flossing will help dissolve plaque that has settled onto teeth.
Once plaque hardens, it continues to track bacteria. Semi-annual dental cleanings will help minimize that build up.
Bridges students were engaged in the presentation.
One student from Mexico Academy and Central School District asked how she could help a friend quit smoking, to avoid damage to the teeth.
Students and teachers were taken aback by photographs they viewed of oral cancer and diseases.
Wener said anyone can improve their oral health by practicing good dental hygiene.
At the end of her presentation, she distributed goodie bags filled with toothpaste, toothbrushes and floss.
A component of the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation’s Alternative Education program, Bridges opened on Dutch Ridge Road in Oswego in the fall to help students experience positive social-emotional growth to facilitate re-entry into a less-intensive program or return to their home school district.