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High schoolers still need dental health education
Updated: 4/18/2012 6:59:51 PM

High schoolers still need dental health education  

Often, when people read stories about students learning about dental care, it is usually about kids at an elementary school. Of course, sometimes older kids need a refresher course on oral care, especially considering the soda and sugary foods teens eat these days. Recently, The Community Press reported that health officials visited a local high school to explain the importance of dental health.

Dental assistants explained to students that oral health directly connected to overall well-being, and that some of their habits may be negatively affecting their teeth.

"Smoking doesn’t only damage the internal parts of our bodies like our lungs; it can cause staining of the teeth, bad breath and cancer of the mouth, throat or tongue," said Jennifer Atkins, certified dental assistant with the health unit. "To add to this, it increases your risk of developing gum disease, among numerous other things."

The American Dental Association states that along with cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products have also been shown to cause cancers of the mouth, lip, tongue and pancreas. Students were also taught about the potential dangers of oral piercings, which can lead to chipped teeth, injury to gums and difficulty eating or speaking.

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