A “tooth fairy” from First 5 Madera County visited preschool students at Cesar Chavez Elementary School this week to share about the value of dental health.
Unidentified by First 5 staff, the “fairy” taught about proper brushing and flossing techniques on oversized teeth and handed out goody bags related to dental hygiene. Staff from the Darin M. Camarena Health Center then provided free dental-health screenings for the young students.
According to a 1999 study from the University of California, San Francisco, 33 of every 100 children at risk for cavities — which can lead to missed school time and health problems — were of minority and low-income status, which represent about 80 percent of Madera County’s children.
With that in mind, Tuesday’s presentation and screenings were meant to combat cavities and other dental-health issues, First 5 deputy director Mang Thao said.