Bearing an oversize toothbrush and a message of good dental hygiene, Jim Taylor, a registered nurse and El Centro Elementary School District dental health educator, was spreading the word at Sunflower Elementary School's kindergarten classrooms Wednesday.
Though dental education programs like this have been in place at schools across the state and country for years, this is just the second year the district has implemented the California Childhood Dental Disease Prevention Program, Taylor said.
New this year is a component that provides free sealants to cavity-free teeth in the mouths of participating special education kids throughout the district and second- and fifth-graders at McKinley and Lincoln elementary schools.
Participating students in the district in kindergarten through sixth grades this year also receive toothbrushes, toothpaste daily fluoride tabs and lots of dental health education. In multiple visits to classrooms, Taylor explains to kids why it's important to take care of their teeth and the best methods of doing so.