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Teaching Youngsters about Dental Hygiene

Academy Students Educate Preschoolers about Brushing Techniques, Healthy Foods


Group shot of dental students and teacher


February was National Children’s Dental Health Month so the students in Tierney Marzigliano’s Dental Chairside Assisting Class spent time teaching preschoolers the proper way to brush their teeth. To do so, they used toys and worksheets to demonstrate the best methods, flash cards to have the children choose the healthiest foods, and then showed the youngsters an animated video about good dental hygiene. Said Marzigliano, “Very young children are often afraid of the dentist and this event gave my students some real-life experience of how to make visiting the dentist a fun exercise.” The Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology is the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES and has locations in Bellport, Oakdale, and Riverhead. The preschoolers attend the daycare facility at the Academy.


Dental student showing a youngster how to brush properly with a worksheet   Two dental students using flash cards with a preschooler