Dental health promoted at Volney Elementary


In addition to the normal curriculum materials like reading, writing and arithmetic, students at Volney Elementary School in the Fulton City School District this week got a lesson that should last a lifetime.
 
As part of a volunteer effort by Philadelphia, New York-based McCue Dental, students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade took part in a presentation about the best practices and benefits of dental hygiene.
 
“Education is huge for us,” said dental hygienist Cammie Lyndaker, who led the 45-minute presentations on Monday. “We’ll see kids come in to the dentist for their first visit with major dental issues and unfortunately, that can give off a bad vibe to visiting the dentist from the start.”
 
McCue Dental, which operates six locations in Jefferson, Oswego and Onondaga Counties, tries to engage students as much as possible in their early years to set the stage for years of healthy behaviors.
 
Students participated in activities that reinforce what Lyndaker said were the “five important lessons” for healthy teeth and gums – brushing twice a day, using fluoridated tooth paste, flossing at least once per day, regularly visiting the dentist and cutting down on snacks throughout the day.
 
McCue Dental also distributes free dental hygiene bags to students containing a tooth brush, floss and toothpaste.