The University of Florida Mighty Molar visited a local school recently to teach kids how to make their teeth as strong as the Mighty Molar. Senior D.M.D. students Victor Bond, Alexis Cenami and Cory Kalifeh, joined faculty member Dr. Josephine Esquivel, college staff member Kelly Raulerson and several pre-dental students presented oral health information to a group of second graders and a pre-Kindergarten class.
The group set up three educational stations to share oral health information in an interactive way.
At the Cavity Bugs and Nutrition station the students learned about the effect of food choices on our teeth and how some foods attract more “cavity bugs” than others. Children practiced good flossing and brushing techniques on puppets at the Brushing and Flossing station, and also learned about what dentists wear and dental instruments.
“The third station, Dental Anatomy and Xrays, covered how many sets of teeth we have and what they look like, and the differences between the shapes of human teeth and animal teeth. I think this information was fascinating to the children,” Esquivel said.
She added, “Our dental students were excellent and made me so proud that they are a part of the University of Florida. They were so involved and did an amazing job engaging the children. Kudos to all involved in their education.”