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February 2011
Hillcrest Dental Care Recognizes National Children's Health Month With Visits to Local Schools 02/14/2011

February is National Children's Dental Health Month and Hillcrest Dental Care is taking part in this month-long observance by visiting students in several elementary schools in Berkshire County. Registered dental hygienists from Hillcrest Dental Care are volunteering their time to visit with local students to talk with them about good oral hygiene and nutrition.

Hillcrest Dental Operations Director Tricia Chadbourne said, "February gives Hillcrest Dental a wonderful opportunity to get out in the community to talk to kids. The kids have so much fun, they don't realize they are learning about good oral hygiene habits."

According to the May 2000 Surgeon General's report, Oral Health in America, more than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related conditions.

"What and when children eat may affect not only their general health but also their oral health. Children's teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and a healthy smile is important to a child's self-esteem. With proper care, a balanced diet and regular dental visits, their teeth can remain healthy and strong," said Chadbourne.

The hygienists that are visiting the schools and meeting with pre-school through 3rd grade classrooms and focusing on teaching children that they are partners with them in caring for their teeth and teaching the children the importance of healthy snacks and good habits that equal happy smiles. The Hillcrest Dental Care team message to the children and their parents is that cavities can be avoided with a balanced diet, healthy snacks, brushing and flossing each day and regular dental check-ups are also a key to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. This is an important message as of the 4 million children born each year, more than half will have cavities by the time they reach 2nd grade, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Schools that have been or will be visited are the childcare program at Berkshire Community College, the Teen Parent Program in Pittsfield, Kittredge Elementary School in Hinsdale, Silvio Conte Elementary and Egremont Elementary in Pittsfield along with Lee Elementary School and Craneville Elementary in Dalton.

•    February 4 - Berkshire Community College and Teen Parent Program
•    February 7 - Kittredge Elementary School
•    February 8 - Silvio Conte Community School
•    February 10 - Silvio Conte Community School
•    February 11 - Silvio Conte Community School
•    February 17 - Lee Elementary School; 9:30 am - 11:00 am
•    February 18 - Craneville Elementary School; 8:30 am - 12:00 am
•    February 28 - Egremont Elementary School; 8:30 am - 11:30 am
•    March 4 - Egrermont Elementary School; 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Chadbourne said, "Our feedback from the schools and parents is that the program has a positive impact, and we believe it's the best way to celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month.

Children also receive gift bags with toothbrushes, toothpaste and other items, courtesy of Hillcrest Dental Care.

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