Students at St. Mary’s School in Breckenridge, Minnesota, received special dental kits this week during their vision, hearing and oral screenings at the school. Students at Rothsay Public School and Breckenridge Public School also received screenings and dental kits. The screenings are geared to students in kindergarten through third grade.
The schools contract with Wilkin County Public Health to do the health screenings, and the county’s health department received a $500 grant from West Central Initiative to purchase the dental kits, which include toothbrush and toothpaste, floss, a toothbrush case and a timer. The county’s Community Oral Health Education Project is intended to educate children about the importance of proper dental hygiene and how to take care of their teeth.
Brittany Knaust and Kathryn Reichman, second year dental hygiene students at North Dakota State College of Science, assisted Maggie Wiertzema, RN, with Wilkin County Public Health, in giving annual oral screenings Tuesday, Sept. 25 at St. Mary’s School. Wiertzema said the college students were earning credits for their work, and she appreciated the help with the screenings.