RANDOLPH, NJ- February has just come to a close, and in the world of professionals who dedicate their lives to taking care of other people’s teeth, that means it’s the end of the American Dental Association's "National Children's Dental Health Month".
Randolph Orthodontist Dr. Richard Newman has served as chairman of National Children’s Dental Health Month for several years. Continuing a long-standing tradition his father started, Dr. Newman has been presenting to elementary schools in Morris and Essex County for over 20 years, teaching children good habits on oral hygiene.
"Since I first went into practice, I have given presentations to schools about children's dental health, explained Newman. “At first I spoke jointly with my father, also an orthodontist, who had a lasting impression on me about always giving back to the community."
On February 11th, Dr. Newman visited the 3rd grade class of Center Grove School in Randolph. Dr. Newman delivered the message of good oral hygiene to the group of 90 kids, by stressing the main factors in maintaining healthy teeth, in a fun and interactive way.
“The kids were very smart and had great senses of humor. They were well-informed, and didn't hesitate to speak up when they knew the answers to any of the questions I posed to them,” said Dr. Newman.
The kids were able to visualize a cavity by seeing how plaque affected a drawing of "Timmy the Tooth," and were also shown an animated video, "Dudley the Dinosaur." Dr. Newman instructed the class about the importance of a healthy diet, proper brushing techniques, regular dentist check-ups, and about the use of mouth guards when playing sports.
Dr. Newman finds it refreshing when the youthful innocence and curiosity of his audience shines through during his presentations. As would be expected from a group of 8 and 9 year olds, questions always come up that make the adults in the room all chuckle.
Dr. Newman explained, “All of the students in the room were very receptive, and truly interested. As usual, many interesting and funny questions were asked, including ‘Can you brush your teeth too much?’ … ‘What happens if you lose all your teeth, how would you eat?’ and one that is heard often, “Is the tooth fairy real?’”.
This year's campaign slogan is "Sugar Wars”, and strives to educate children on the ways in which to keep a healthy smile.
“Through this program, every year the message of good dental habits is reaching more teachers, kids, and parents nationwide,” said Dr. Newman. “I am proud to be part of it.”
Dr. Newman values the years he worked with his father, who clearly has had a lasting influence on him.
Dr. Newman explained, "I am very fortunate to continue a tradition of excellence in orthodontic care. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to work alongside my father for twelve years in our practice. My father, Dr. George V. Newman, was an incredible mentor as well as a brilliant innovator in the field. He is internationally recognized as the first orthodontist to bond braces to teeth and credited for revolutionizing modern orthodontic. Prior to his pioneering research and developments in dental bonding, a set of braces required having metal bands around every tooth."
School speaking engagements are not the only way Dr. Newman volunteers and gives back to his community. Dr. Newman is chief orthodontist for the Regional Craniofacial Center at St. Barnabas Medical Center. As a member of this interdisciplinary team, Dr. Newman volunteers his time providing care for individuals suffering from cleft lip and palate problems.
Dr. Newman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he currently serves as chairman of the Morris County Alumni Interviewing Committee for the department of admissions. He graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where he received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine with top honors and was elected to the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. Dr. Newman received his specialty certificate in orthodontics from Columbia University in New York.
Bringing extensive clinical experience to children and adults, Dr. Richard Newman is an Invisalign® Preferred Provider and continually strives to improve technology and tools through innovation and research. He has had several articles published in many journals, including the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.
Here in Randolph, Dr Newman has maintained his orthodontic practice for 20 years, having served on the Randolph Township Board of Health and sponsoring several Randolph sports teams. Dr. Newman has also been a key sponsor for Randolph Education Foundation, including the Randolph Rocks 5K Race and the Randolph Rock Stars Celebration.
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