Brush, floss and smile real big

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 20, 2003

Children in the Head Start program are learning that brushing and flossing is the best way to keep their healthy smile.

As part of National Dental Awarness Month, the Head Start program is working to ensure that all it’s children receive preventive dental care, know how to identifiy problems and how to get proper treatment.

Those activities include playing games that help children learn about keeping their teeth healthy.

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Hunter said the children are also being taught how to chose healthy foods and snacks.

Tracey England, a nurse help consultant with the Dallas County Health Department, said she has been making several visits to the Head Start school to teach children about healthy habits.

Besides working with Head Start, England also makes visits to daycares and private homes.

This month, the children of Head Start were given toothbrushes and have been brushing after every meal.