BATH – A “Smile Drive” is set for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 22-26 in the Steuben County Office Building main lobby, in honor of national Children’s Dental Health Month.
Sponsored by the county Public Health Department, “Smile Drive” boxes will be placed in the main lobby to collect new toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and oral rinse to donate to local children and teens at the Corning Youth Center, Hornell Area Concern for Youth, and Bath Hope for Youth.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), tooth decay and cavities are the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the U.S. Untreated oral health problems can cause pain and infection that can lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing and learning.
To prevent oral health problems, the CDC recommends:
Brushing at least twice daily and flossing once a day; Using a fluoride toothpaste (ages 6 and up); Getting fluoride varnish and dental sealants on teeth at an early age;
Having the first dental checkup by age 1;
Limiting sugar sweetened beverages like soda and juice and replacing sugary snacks with fruits and vegetables.
Anyone interested in setting up other donation boxes, or in donating dental supplies but unable to participate in the drive at the County Office Building may contact the county health educator at (607) 664-2438 or email email@example.com.