Students from a Head Start site got to interact with students from the Marquette University Dental School and learn a valuable life lesson.
Youngsters from the Social Development Commission’s Head Start North school met with dentists and dental students at the Marquette University Dental School’s Northside Clinic at 2nd and Capitol. There they got to meet with staff and dental students to learn about what happens at the dentist office. They got to experience firsthand dental equipment and procedures in a non-threatening way.
The preschool children learned from Marquette dental students about the link between diet and dental health as well as get to practice proper brushing techniques on over-sized teeth. The goal of the session is to provide a positive experience for the children so they will not shy away from going to the dentist to get crucial dental care as they grow older.
Marquette’s Dental School is involved in a number of projects with SDC Head Start sites. Besides the educational sessions, the school also helps host the annual Dental Days in which hundreds of young students get dental screenings and treatment.
Dental care is a key aspect to the overall Head Start curriculum and SDC staff note that Marquette University Dental School is a vital partner in delivering that to the children who are between the ages of three and five. For more information on the SDC Head Start program, visit the SDC website at www.cr-sdc.org and click on the “Programs” page or call 414-906-2777.