February 4th, 2019
Welcome to February everyone! While this month is considered many things, it holds a special place in dentistry because it is National Children’s Dental Health Month. To celebrate, The American Dental Association sponsors many events nationally, as well as locally. One of the largest community events, Give Kids a Smile Day, was held on February 1st. The goal is to have local dentists provide dental exams throughout the area schools, especially in under-served areas.
At Mellion Orthodontics, we celebrate Dental Health Month by providing oral hygiene education to 2nd and 3rd grade classes throughout Stark county. Our presentation is called ‘Bad Tooth Bart’ (it’s a Spaghetti Western), and it has significantly grown in popularity over the past 8 years. This year we are scheduled to teach the benefits of good oral hygiene to over 1500 students!
As always, our team is excited to provide this service. If you read this and want us to come visit your school, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. At the end of February we will post pictures of our adventures!
March 8th, 2017
Dr. Nate here again! I enjoyed last week’s break while Dr. Theresa took the reins with our blog. This week’s post highlights the results of our contribution to Dental Health Month. The best way to explain what we did is to bring in Kate, one of our excellent team members in the Uniontown office. Go to it Kate…!
Kate here, and in keeping with the western theme of Bad Tooth Bart, let me say ‘Howdy!’ We had an AMAZING month as our Mellion Team went out to visit schools in our communities to celebrate National Dental Health Month!
We had the pleasure of visiting Suffield, Mogadore, Hartville, Uniontown, Lake Center Christian, St. Michael’s, Gorrell, Whittier & Strausser Elementary Schools to perform a play called ‘Bad Tooth Bart’ to help teach students the importance of good dental hygiene. Why do we do this? Let me reference this previous blog post for an explanation.
Our play is called “Bad Tooth Bart” and centers on a town whose citizens need help taking care of their teeth. There are good guys, bad guys, cowboy hats, dance moves, cavity bugs and silly string! How could it NOT be FUN??? Although Bart starts out as a bit of a troublemaker, when the townspeople rally to help him in his time of need, he realizes that being kind and helpful is always the best way to go!
We would like to express our gratitude to our local schools for the warm welcome we received. (And a little secret…I think WE have more fun than the students!)
To see the actors in action, click on this and this to view photos from our adventures, and thanks again to all who participated!
February 8th, 2017
Dr. Nate here this week. Welcome back! For those of you who don't know, February is National Children's Dental Health Month. Now for a quick history lesson (I love history by the way!), the first celebration of Dental Health Month occurred in 1941 simultaneously in Akron and Cleveland! I think it is awesome to have such a local connection to what has become a truly national campaign to promote dental health. By the way, I tried to find a copy of a newspaper article about the event, but no luck...
The entire national campaign is now run by the American Dental Association (ADA). And this year's mission is titled "Sugar Wars.'' For those who are interested, here is the link to the actual campaign. As a HUGE Star Wars fanatic, I am hesitant to stamp my approval on such a bad pun, but no one asked me for title ideas. But I digress...
Obviously, one of the most important aspects of children's dental health is to educate everyone on the dangers of large amounts of sugar consumption. Often that danger is multiplied by the fact that many children don't understand the importance of good oral hygiene.
All of us consider this month to be a perfect opportunity to educate children on good oral hygiene habits. To that end, Dr. Theresa and I are following in Dad's footsteps. Throughout our elementary and middle school years, Dad would visit our classes and educate everyone on brushing and flossing. And we loved seeing him! Now it’s our turn, and it is a responsibility we proudly continue.
Over the next few weeks we will be visiting 3rd grade classes of 10 schools in our community to present a skit titled "Bad Tooth Bart." It is a funny 'Spaghetti Western' (with student actors too!) that stresses the importance of good oral hygiene. As an aside, if you don't know what a Spaghetti Western is, start here and picture Clint Eastwood. If you don't know who he is, well that is concerning.
This is the 5th year we have done this presentation, and I know the kids learn about the importance of oral hygiene. We always take pictures, and in a few weeks we will post some of them in the blog.