Dentist at Bordewich-Bray
About 100 Bordewich-Bray students found out that a trip to the dentist doesn’t have to be painful Monday.
For two hours orthodontist Vincent D’Ascoli checked first-graders’ teeth at Bordewich-Bray Elementary School.
D’Ascoli specializes in straightening teeth and correcting bites, but Monday’s effort was more an exercise in prevention.
D’Ascoli donated his time in recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month.
First-graders received tips on brushing from dental hygienist Gina Jones and Buckey Bronco, a black and white puppet donkey who neglected his teeth and paid the price – his mouth was full of cavities.
With a large-scale brush and Buckey as her model, Jones recommended pupils brush from top to bottom from one side of the mouth to another working in circles.
They should brush three times daily.
She also advised the pupils floss daily and substitute apples, milk and water for candy, soda and gum.
As pupils filed into D’Ascoli’s mobile office, students revolved, three at a time in his three reclining chairs, for a check up.
“You’ve got a cavity on your baby tooth, you need to brush some more,” he said to one pupil.
“Jeremy, you have a couple of cavities coming up here,” he said.
Amanda, 6, had a little over-crowding.
“You’ll have to get to some braces later on,” D’Ascoli said.
Every child that D’Ascoli checked received a note, advising parents what, if any, treatment was needed.
“I’m checking for cavities, for development of bite and if something might need addressing,” he said.
Since no treatment was involved, it was a chance to familiarize children with an orthodontist, and receive a good experience with a dentist.
“It’s great they can come to a dentist before they need emergency work,” he said.
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