School joins NJ program

BELLEVILLE, NJ — Good oral health is important for overall health. Cavities and other problems with teeth can make it difficult for children to concentrate and learn in school as well as affect their nutrition, speech, and self-esteem. One of the best ways to prevent cavities is to brush twice a day for two minutes each time with a fluoride toothpaste.

To educate first-grade students and their school community about the importance of good oral health practices, Belleville School No. 4 in Belleville will be participating in the New Jersey Department of Health Children’s Oral Health Program “Project BRUSH” event on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The event will include an educational presentation led by a registered dental hygienist, Yvonne Mikalopas, who will emphasize the importance of brushing, flossing, regular dental visits, and healthy food choices.

Students will also be selected to participate in the “Ask a Hygienist” activity in which they can have their own individual oral-health questions answered.

Belleville School No. 4 will also participate in “Project BRUSH” activities, such as displaying an oral-health poster within the school building, making scripted oral health announcements, and providing participating teachers with-oral health educational activities for their classroom. Project BRUSH” is a statewide initiative taking place in schools throughout all counties of the state.