Colgate Provides Dental Screens

Dental screening at Bellaire ES
By: Todd Martin
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas seemed an opportune time to remind students (and adults) about the importance of dental hygiene.
Colgate brought its mobile “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures” vehicle to Bellaire Elementary School in Killeen Monday and Dr. Jennifer Trinh provided free screenings for every student.
Each participant from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade received a bag with toothbrush, toothpaste and a guide for basic dental care.
Camille Francis-Howard of The Links Inc., chairperson for the annual dental screening tour said the project aims to inform student populations with priority for schools that receive Title 1 funding.
Each student received a report from the dentist based on a screen conducted inside the mobile dental care facility.
To start, a program representative explained to students the facts of oral hygiene care.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day at least two minutes, brushing in small circles and including the back of teeth.
  • Also, brush the tongue because it contains bacteria and germs just like teeth.
  • Use dental floss to get between teeth.
  • Never share your toothbrush.
  • Consume less soda and juice drinks and more water.
  • Minimize sugary snacks and partake in more healthy snacks, including vegetables and fruits.
 After the stop in Killeen Monday, the Colgate vehicle was scheduled to visit schools in Temple, Chilton, Marlin and Waco in addition to a YMCA event in Waco.