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Protect your pearly whites with the library’s help

Protect your pearly whites with the library’s help

Anne Ellis, Special to the Reporter-News
Published 5:00 p.m. CT Nov. 4, 2018

Fall is a great time of year! It’s filled with short days, cool weather and tons of holiday goodies to go around. While fall is often my favorite season, it’s not always the best season for our teeth. That’s why your Abilene Public Library is partnering with the Abilene/Taylor County Public Health District to help you access some amazing free services!

At 5 p.m. Thursday, city of Abilene dentist Jennifer Ezeh and dental hygienist Malik Wills will be at Mockingbird Branch Library handing out freebies and joining us for the family event “Meet the Tooth Fairy!” We’ll read several short stories and engage in a fun hands-on craft for children ages 2-12. Most importantly, Dr. Ezeh will be able to share information about free dental sealants for children, provided by the health department. 

Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surface of your teeth. This procedure is great for kids, who don’t brush quite as often or as willingly as an adult. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of your teeth, forming a protective barrier on the enamel of each tooth. Sealing out plaque and buildup is a great way to help prevent cavities and the future expense of treating cavities. 

The Abilene Dental Program “A Reason to Smile” is located at the health department at 850 N. Sixth St. in downtown Abilene. No eligibility or residency requirements exist and the dental practice accepts CHIP, DentaQuest, MCNA Dental, Ameritas and private pay customers on a regular basis. Dr. Ezeh and her staff offer a wide variety of services for both children and adults, Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the Abilene Dental Program, give them a call at 325-692-5600.

Going to the dentist can often be a scary thought, even for some adults, but it doesn’t have to be! Whether you have a regular dentist or not, joining us for this family friendly event might be just the thing to help ease your child’s fears. We’ll be reading classics such as “Andrew’s Loose Tooth” by Robert Munsch, “Doctor De Soto” by William Steig, and “Maisy, Charlie and the Wobbly Tooth” by Lucy Cousins. 

Without question my favorite story is “Andrew’s Loose Tooth.” Loose teeth are a rite of passage and Andrew’s family is not short of ideas on how he can pull his own tooth and save it for the tooth fairy. But does anyone’s advice really work? Are you even suppose to pull your teeth out — ouch! Join us 5 p.m. Thursday to read along and find out.

For more information about this or other events, visit www.abilenetx.gov/apl or call 325-437-7323. Abilene Public Library is your community resource and gateway to knowledge.

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