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Working to Keep Kids Cavity-Free

February 1, 2012

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and The Lakes Community Health Center is planning to celebrate with a variety of free activities and screenings geared at promoting healthy oral habits (see calendar below or our Facebook events page for more information).

The American Dental Association (ADA) started the national observance of a children’s dental health month in 1949. The goal was, and still is, to promote the importance of good oral health as part of a child’s overall health.

“Teaching children the importance of oral health at an early age is part of total body wellness,” said Christina Sopiwnik, Dental Director and Dentist at The Lakes. “One of the reasons we spend time and energy getting out into the community, is that we’ve found that it can be a more effective way to reach families with children ages 0-3, and middle-school and high-school aged kids. Anything that we can do to help them get excited about oral health is great.”

The Lakes is planning several events during the month of February and is partnering with Ashland Parks and Recreation, the Vaughn Public Library, Washburn Public Library and the Chequamegon Food Co-op to provide free educational programming, dental screenings, fluoride varnish and healthy snacks:

Free Screenings and Fluoride Varnish at the Bretting Community Center: Fridays from 4-6pm in February
Dr. Tina and Dr. Erin will be providing free screenings and fluoride varnish application Friday nights in February from 4-6pm at the Bretting Community Center (BCC). Kids who get a screening get in to the BCC for free. Fluoride varnish will require a parent’s signature. Call 685-2200 or visiting thelakesCHC.org for more information.

Dr. Tina and Otis at Granny Goose: Monday, February 6, 10:30am
The Lakes’ Dentist, Dr. Tina Sopiwnik and her therapy dog in-training, Otis, will be reading to kids at a special story-time with Granny Goose at the Vaughn Public Library in Ashland. Parents and kids should expect to enjoy a fun tooth-related stories and healthy snacks. Plus, Dr. Tina will be available to answer questions from parents immediately afterwards.

Grandma Carol Story Time at the Washburn Public Library: Wednesday, February 8 at 10:30am
Staff from The Lakes will also be visiting Grandma Carol’s Story Time at the Washburn Public Library on Wednesday, February 8 at 10:30am. Healthy snacks and information provided.

Meet Dr. Erin: Fun-n-Run on February 29
Free screenings and a chance to meet Dr. Erin, The Lakes’ newest dentist will be held at Ashland Parks and Recreation’s Fun-n-Run on February 29 from 9:30 to 11am at the Bretting Community Center. Healthy snacks will be provided.

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