Healthy mouths start with early education

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

Many people are afraid to go to the dentist, but members of the Michiana community are trying instill healthy dental practices in kids while they are young.

Rebekah Pates spent time on her day off as a dental hygienist by going to Monroe Elementary School with her coworker, Misty Berlincourt, to promote healthy choices and habits to a group of kindergartners.

In November, Rebekah started a program called “Rooted,” a free and interactive program which reaches out to children at young ages to overcome tooth decay. She hopes that by educating kids early about proper dental care will help promote a healthier life.

“I think that children connect with who connects with them. Showing concern and having fun, that’s how we learn best. And, not just pencil, paper from one person, it is important for people of all backgrounds to come in and educate children,” said Pates.

Pates has taught the program to dozens of classrooms in South Bend and P.H.M. schools.

To set up a presentation for K-12 students call:
University Park Family Dentistry, Doctor Jeffrey Turner 574-272-4441.


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