RANDOLPH, NJ- During February’s National Dental Health Month, Randolph based businesses Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph and Baumwoll Orthodontics visited local schools to help educate kids on healthy teeth and gums.

Both practices have made a habit of doing the school visits annually in February, and for Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph, it is now over 25 years they have delivered school presentations.

“In a fun and entertaining, yet informative way, we tried to promote the importance of keeping your teeth clean and eating “teeth healthy” foods from an early age,” said Orthodontist Heather Baumwoll.  “They should get into good habits now that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. 

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Throughout the month of February, Baumwoll, who is a lifelong resident of Randolph, visited multiple Township schools where she spoke to preschool and Kindergarten classes, as well as some second and third grade classes.

“National Dental Health Month is celebrated each February to raise awareness about the importance of oral health, said Baumwoll.  “Developing good habits at a young age along with regular dental visits will help children to have lifelong healthy teeth and gums, and stresses the importance of good oral hygiene to parents and children.”

Fatemah Bagheri, a Dental Hygienist at Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph, also made rounds in local pre-schools, day care centers, kindergarten classes, and 1st grade classrooms in Randolph, Roxbury, Rockaway, and Denville.

During her discussions with the kids Bagheri had some amusing interactions, stating that many kids “blurted out family secrets such as the foods their parents eat that are bad for their teeth, or that their parents like to walk around naked while brushing."

Bagheri showed the kids how to brush and floss properly, how much toothpaste to use, and discussed what happens at a dental check-up.  She showed the kids her dental tools and also explained what kinds of foods are good for your teeth and which are not.

The students’ youthful enthusiasm shined through in their multiple questions and comments.  Some recounted stories about an uncle or grandfather with no teeth, while others asked questions about how braces go on and come off.  Hands were also raised by kids who asked about specific sugar snacks that were in their lunch box that day, questioning whether or not they should eat them.

Since some of the older kids are approaching the age at which they should begin to see an orthodontist for an evaluation.  For this group, Baumwoll explained what they might expect at that visit, and discussed some of the ways orthodontists can help them achieve beautiful smiles.

“During all these classroom visits I learned that kids really are sponges; they answered all of my review questions correctly in unison,” said Baumwoll.  “I was very impressed at how they paid attention, especially the younger kids. It also shows that many of them have been given a solid dental education by their pediatric dentists.”