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Dentist Partnering With Boys and Girls Club for Project to Encourage Healthy Dental Habits

Jaclyn Hughes

Dental health is so very imperative to feeling great inside and out. Your teeth are not only the first thing others notice about you, but they can also be unbelievably painful if you don’t take good care of them. There has been a huge decline in the overall teeth of young people over the past few years, particularly since the year 2000 and onward. Many experts feel the reason for this change is the massive addiction to sugar, and children drinking sodas frequently. Everything in moderation they say, but if your kiddo has been downing the Coke or Pepsi, they may have some dental challenges at some point.

In Madison, Wisconsin the local Boys and Girls Club within Dane County is diligently trying to change all of this by incorporating dental practice career paths, and the ins and outs of keeping strong teeth. Dr. Ed Batchelor is taking pride in educating youngsters about what it’s like to be a dentist, to describe the day to day to encourage the young community to have an interest in dentistry. At the very least, it certainly opens the floor for discussion about how going to college for a medical profession can be extremely rewarding in the long run. Dr. Ed explains to the group how he only has to work four or less days per week to earn a rewarding salary of $200,000.

The students covered everything about the field, and even visited the dental lab that has recently had their grand opening within the Taft Street location of the Boys and Girls Club. The idea was founded by Dr. Ed’s dental hygienist that he employs, a woman by the name of Erica Olsen. Ms. Olsen has worked side by side to the dentist for 15 years, and her hunch that this program would be beneficial was definitely worth every minute of preparation.

Erica explains during her segment with the students how 95% of dental challenges can be prevented at home through excellent cleaning. A number of the children in this area also reportedly have little to no access to healthcare, including dental insurance, so instructing the community in these preventative measures can make a world of difference.

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