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At Teddy Bear Check-Up, Kids Learn Not to Be Scared

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 4:45pm

In the company of their favorite stuffed animals, children learned about dental care at the Teddy Bear Check-Up.

In the company of their favorite stuffed animals, children learned about dental care at the Teddy Bear Check-Up.

Volunteers from the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston gave out dental information, toothbrushes and floss at The Health Museum’s annual Teddy Bear Check-Up on Dec. 1.  

Children were encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animals or dolls to make the rounds of booths staffed by volunteers from a variety of healthcare professions teaching about dental care, nutrition, hygiene, safety, vision and hearing care, physical fitness and more.

At the “Tough Teeth” table, dentists examined the stuffed animals’ (as available) and also used a model to show proper tooth care and flossing. The process of losing baby teeth and getting permanent teeth was also explained.

Participants from UTSD included Drs. Regina Lewis, Minyue Dai, Alexander Ochoa Falla, Bret Ibarra, Davette Johnson and Quynh-Thuyen Tan.

Teddy Bear Check-Up volunteers from UTSD included (adults from left) Drs. Minyue Dai, Alexander Ochoa-Falla, Davette Johnson, Bret Ibarra and Quynh-ThuyenTan. Dr. Regina Lewis is not pictured.

Teddy Bear Check-Up volunteers from UTSD included (adults from left) Drs. Minyue Dai, Alexander Ochoa Falla, Davette Johnson, Bret Ibarra and Quynh-Thuyen Tan. Dr. Regina Lewis is not pictured.