Central Valley · Health

Project Save A Mouth teaches children how to have fun taking care of their teeth

oral17aChildren with poor oral health are nearly three times as likely to miss school. Because dental issues and emergencies are often cited as a top reason for school absences, a child’s educational experience may be improved simply by elevating their oral health status.

Also, improving a child’s oral hygiene habits when they are young has a lasting impact throughout adolescence and adulthood. The negative effects of poor oral hygiene aren’t easily undone, so when children start off with the knowledge and tools they need to be healthy, the chances of them having complications in the future drops significantly.

A group of dental professionals hopes to do just that. Dr. Allen Chien, DDS, an oral surgeon at Fresno Oral Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Center, and Dr. J. Carlos Mendoza, DDS, a dentist at iTooth Dentistry, visited Mountain View Elementary for their after school program on Friday, February 9, to present proper oral health habits and the importance of brushing and flossing at an early age.

An estimated 70 children listened to the interactive presentation about oral health, which includes a general oral health overview, the importance and function of teeth, how to protect your teeth to avoid cavities, and more.

“We want to make good oral health habits exciting,” Chien said. “Fun habits are lasting ones.”

Chien and Mendoza’s visit is part of Project Save A Mouth, a community-wide educational initiative Fresno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center launched a local branch of earlier this year.

Project Save A Mouth raises awareness of the growing issue of poor oral hygiene in the greater Fresno area through online resources and select partnerships with community members and institutions. By creating this unique coalition, Chien hopes to educate as many children as possible.

“I am here to save smiles,” he said. “I see many, many patients that come into our practice every day who are suffering from conditions that are completely preventable. These kids don’t have to go through that.”

Chien’s visit will be the first in a series of presentations put on by the Fresno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center doctors throughout the year to local elementary schools.

To learn more about Project Save A Mouth, visit www.projectsaveamouth.com/fresno.

More information about Fresno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center can be found at www.fresnooralsurgery.com.

About Fresno Oral Surgery:

At Fresno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center, our goal is to make each of our patients feel comfortable, informed, and safe. Your care is our top priority. Drs. Gerald Alexander, Allen Chien, Ardavan Kheradpir, and Shannon Barnhart strive to provide every patient with optimal service and compassionate care. We have four locations throughout the central valley in Fresno, Clovis, Madera, and Reedley, and we aim to offer the same high level of care in each office.

Our extensively trained staff assists with the various procedures we perform, from dental implant placement and bone grafting to wisdom tooth removal and the treatment of oral pathology. Additionally, our oral surgeons are on staff at Community Regional Medical Center, Clovis Community Hospital, St. Agnes Hospital, Children’s Hospital Central California, Kaiser Permanente – Fresno, and Veteran’s Affairs Hospital – Fresno.

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