Children Brush up on Good Dental Health for Healthy Smiles!

Dad and son brushing teethTeaching children to properly brush their teeth at a young age is important to preserve those healthy smiles!

What you might not think about is having good, clean water to brush your teeth. You might also be surprised to learn that Louisville Water has worked with area dentists for more than 20 years to help local children practice good dental health.

Louisville Water kicked off National Children’s Dental Health Month with a visit to Baptist Health Louisville Child Development Center.

Community Relations Specialist, Barbara Crow, had a captive audience of three, four, and five-year-olds. She taught them about why we have teeth and why it’s important to take care of them, especially after they’ve lost all of their baby teeth.

“It can be difficult to find outside enrichment opportunities that are really able to get down on a preschool level and keep children’s interest, but Ms. Barbara is now a school favorite! She is bringing us great developmentally appropriate activities to add to our curriculum!” said Lori Cundiff, a supervisor at Baptist Health Louisville Child Development Center.

Crow used a stuffed animal to illustrate how much toothpaste the kids need to use, how long to brush, and talked about how to floss. She shared ideas for healthy snacks and drinks such as Louisville Pure Tap®.

Mr. Gross Mouth. a brushing teeth exampleCrow also brought along “Mr. Gross Mouth” to show the kiddos cavities and other dental problems that can happen if you don’t practice good dental hygiene. Looking at the display, one child said, “That is ugly and yucky, it makes me sad.”

Each child took home a new toothbrush, a Pure Tap bottle, and a dental care activity booklet.

“Her presentation had all of our children excited to go home and brush their teeth, and they were excited to tell their parents all about their new toothbrushes that were provided!” Cundiff said.

Louisville Water educators will see around 750 kids throughout February for Dental Health Month.

Stay tuned for a special story! See how dental science students at Central High School Career Magnet Academy are taking what they learned from Louisville Water to teach hands-on lessons at Coleridge-Taylor Montessori Elementary.