Some young students from an SDC Head Start site are helping educate many people about the importance of proper dental care.
The students and staff from the SDC Head Start- North site are participating in the production of a series of videos by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
The group is making DVDs that will be used to inform the public as well as dental professionals and pre-school educators about the importance of early dental care.
A production crew spent a morning at the SDC Head Start site located on W. Concordia Avenue, shooting video of local dentist Dr. Cliff Hartman talking with preschoolers about dental care, interacting with staff as well as the young students brushing their teeth after a morning snack.
The video and interviews will become part of the DVDs that should be ready for nationwide distribution by the summer.
Dr. Hartman notes that the DVD’s will stress that it is vital to get young children to the dentist at an early age to get a quick jump on identifying and treating any oral health problems.
He adds that lack of dental care can lead to many problems for children including speech defects, health ailments and lack of self esteem.
By distributing the DVDs, he says parents, educators and dentists will learn why young children need to get early dental care so they can avoid those problems.
Dental care is a regular part of the Head Start curriculum. The SDC preschool program uses it along with health screenings, academic and social skill preparation and parental involvement to get children ready for kindergarten.
For information on the SDC Head Start program, call 414-906-2777.