Local Dentist Visits Preschool For Children’s Dental Health Month, Schedule A Visit For Your School

Rotem_Cropped_at_Pre-KCaring for tiny teeth now will prevent big problems if children develop good dental habits when they are young. Because most dental problems can be avoided in the first place, Dr. Ron Rotem, a Toms River dentist, makes it a practice to visit elementary schools in February in recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month. Dr. Rotem, the father of three elementary school children, knows that it’s never too early to begin good dental hygiene. “Those good habits will save you money and unnecessary trips to the dentist when you are older,” says Dr. Rotem who is a dentist for adults only.

Armed with a gigantic model of teeth and a big toothbrush, Dr. Rotem recently visited the children in the Pre-K class of Happy Days Preschool, Manahawkin, to teach the children proper brushing techniques. Many of the children will be losing their baby teeth next year so preventive care is especially important.

Each child in the class had a chance to practice good bushing skills on a giant model of a mouth after Dr. Rotem demonstrated the proper brushing technique. “Use a soft toothbrush,” Dr. Rotem told the children, “and brush inside and outside your teeth, including gums. Gums bleed when they are not healthy.”

Dr. Rotem says, “Parents should begin helping their children brush their teeth as early as possible. You don’t have to do a great job; it’s more important to brush twice daily. At some point brushing will become a habit, one that will save children pain and emotional trauma from having teeth filled, and save parents money they didn’t have to spend. Tooth decay does not heal itself.”

Eat a lot of good food, stay away from sticky candy, brush, rinse your mouth after eating, floss, and visit a dentist at least twice a year; and you should maintain healthy teeth and gums your whole life.

Although Dr. Ron Rotem’s dental practice focuses on general and sedation dentistry for adults only, he takes the time during Children’s Dental Health Month to educate children about good dental hygiene. Call Dr. Rotem’s office at 732-341-8500 if your elementary school would like to schedule a classroom visit. Reader Submitted.

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