Oral Health Checkup is Key before Children Start School

Contact: Jackie Rubin, 617/638-4892 | jackier@bu.edu

(Boston) – As they prepare to send a child to school for the first time, many parents think about the obvious needs such as backpacks, pencils and notebooks. They should also think about their child’s oral health.

“A healthy mouth, one free of decay, will enhance a child’s ability to pay attention in the classroom,” says Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine Oral Health Promotion Coordinator Kathy Lituri. “A dental screening provides an opportunity to identify potential risk factors for decay and to begin a dialogue with parents about the importance of a dental home at an early age.”

Boston parents with children entering kindergarten can receive free oral health screenings for their children from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUGSDM) Wednesday, August 27, at Countdown to Kindergarten. BUGSDM students and staff volunteer annually at this event, presented by the Boston School Committee and various local partners at Boston Children’s Museum.

BUGSDM will be on-site from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. to provide free oral health education and screenings.

The mission of Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine is to provide excellent education to dental professionals throughout their careers; to shape the future of dental medicine and dental education through research; to offer excellent health care services to the community; to participate in community activities; and to foster a respectful and supportive environment.