For the fourth year in a row the HCT-Sharjah campuses’ Childcare Centre has championed children’s good oral health, as part of its annual education programs.
The centre maintains the view that it is important to encourage awareness and curiosity at a young age, as every experience at this age is a learning experience that can form and change a child’s habits and awareness.
The Mobile Dental Clinic of the University of Sharjah’s Dental College visited the centre to provide initial dental screening, checkups and recommend further treatment, if needed, for the youngsters. The clinic boasts a very well-equipped vehicle, including a sterilization van and modern, portable dental equipment, iPads to entertain children and professional, trained staff, friendly dentists, hygienists and dental assistants.
Dentists gave an initial oral health education presentation, then went around the children and spoke about the proper way and time to brush teeth and preventive fluoride, including the best times to brush teeth (after breakfast and before bed). This was followed up by fun activities, where the children had to match cute stickers of healthy eating habits with healthy teeth. These activities helped to alleviate fear and anxiety, and the children were very interactive during the first session.
The dentists then conducted teeth and gum checks for any problems and to make sure the teeth are developing properly as they grow. Towards the end of the program children received a goody bag of a dental set.
“The habits we begin as children are the ones we tend to follow throughout life, introducing children to the basics of oral health early on can create a solid foundation for taking care of their teeth over time,” Ola Feidi, the Early Childhood Coordinator at the centre, said.
Special thanks must be given the incredible community support by Dr.Maysara Adnan , Dr.Waad Kheder and Ms. Khulood Al Amiri and her team. Their efforts help the centre staff to promote better health awareness services and practices.