Dental clinic joins in children’s care effort

A Fruita dental practice joined in a national effort to encourage children to practice good dental hygiene.

Staff from Lybrook Dental Center visited second grade students at Appleton and Rim Rock elementary schools as part of National Children’s Dental Health Month.

“We need to instill the importance of dental health into our kids at a young age. Poor oral health now could lead to dental damage decades later,” said Carol Lybrook, a dentist who operates Lybrook Dental Center. “We want to get kids excited about taking good care of their teeth and gums. Our goal is to make it hands-on and fun, so the good habits they create now will be carried with them through adulthood.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly 20 percent of children and teen-agers between the ages of 2 and 19 have cavities that haven’t been treated. A study conducted by the American Dental Association found that children miss a total of more than 51 million hours of school because of dental-related illnesses.

Lybrook Dental Center operates offices at 551 Kokopelli Drive. For more information, call 858-9511 or visit the Web site located at www.lybrookdental.com.