52nd DS to promote children’s dental health

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- To recognize National Children's Dental Health Month in February, the 52nd Dental Squadron will host various events throughout the month to promote dental health.

The 52nd DS recommends helping children maintain healthy teeth and gums by encouraging them to limit sugary snacks and brush and floss at least once per day.

They also encourage parents to schedule children for regular dental check-ups. A child's first visit to the dentist should be at 1 year old.

"Children's teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and a healthy smile is important to a child's self esteem," said Tech. Sgt. Jane Camacho, 52nd DS dental hygienist. "With proper care, a balanced diet and regular dental care, their teeth can remain healthy and strong."

During the month of February, 52nd DS members will teach children in kindergarten through eighth grade at Spangdahlem and Bitburg elementary and middle schools about the benefits of fighting tooth decay 24/7.

The 52nd DS will also conduct oral health evaluations for children up to 10 years old Feb. 27 at the Spangdahlem Dental Clinic. The clinic will accept patients starting at 8 a.m. until available appointment times are filled.

Stay tuned for articles on various dental-related topics at www.spangdahlem.af.mil. For more information, call the dental squadron at DSN 452- 8193.