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Cedar Canyon students learn about teeth
April 02, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Danielle Bohannon of Webb Orthodontics was at Cedar Canyon School last Friday to talk teeth and oral health with third and fourth grade students. Everyone wore their orange “Keep Plowing on Until the Battle is Won” T-shirts in support of classmate Ashlynn Fitts, who is undergoing treatment for cancer.

The tooth and nothing but the tooth was the topic of discussion with the third and fourth grade classes at Cedar Canyon School.
Danielle Bohannon of Webb Orthodontics said the program has been presented in schools around the Panhandle. “We’re educating students about the importance of oral health and how that can maintain a healthy lifestyle by taking care of their teeth.”

Bohannon said a huge demographic in orthodontics is children in the elementary grades. “We’d like to see them around the age of 7 to 9. There are a lot of potential tooth problems during those years that we can help head off if we catch them early enough. That’s why we chose this age group.”

The program started in February with Dental Health Month but that schedule was expanded as more and more schools expressed an interest in having the program presented. So now, Webb Orthodontics does the presentation whenever they can.

“We go to any school that wants us,” Bohannon said. “Our target audience is third and fourth graders and we’re trying to reach them before school gets out.”

The hour-long presentation covers tooth anatomy, oral health, preventative measures and orthodontics.

“We do experiments and group projects, videos and a trivia time,” she said. “It’s an interactive program that keeps the kids’ attention and is a lot of fun. This is probably the best part of my day.”
She said it’s important for parents to take their children to the dentist twice a year. Plus the American Association of Orthodontics recommends them seeing an orthodontist by age 7.
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