Smiles shine at LTBS

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A father and daughter play with a stuffed animal at the Yokota Dental Clinic, Feb. 28, 2015, during the Little Teeth-Big Smiles event. As part of National Children's Dental Health Month, the 374th Dental Squadron hosted a walk-in clinic, offering preventative services for children up to 10 years old, including dental examinations, cleanings and education services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Delano Scott/Released)
A father and daughter play with a stuffed animal at the Yokota Dental Clinic, Feb. 28, 2015, during the Little Teeth-Big Smiles event. As part of National Children's Dental Health Month, the 374th Dental Squadron hosted a walk-in clinic, offering preventative services for children up to 10 years old, including dental examinations, cleanings and education services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Delano Scott/Released)

Smiles shine at LTBS

by: Airman 1st Class Delano Scott, 374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs | .
Yokota Air Base | .
published: March 07, 2015

Yokota Dental professionals hosted their third annual Little Teeth and Big Smiles event, a walk-in dental clinic for children up to 10 years old, Saturday, at the dental clinic here.

As part of Children's Dental Health Month, the Yokota Dental Clinic offered preventative oral health services to children, including dental examinations, teeth cleanings, radiographs and educational material focused on dental health.

"It's important to get early preventive care and to establish good habits early on," said Tech. Sgt. Amanda Colavolpe, 374th Dental Squadron dental technician.

Colavolpe said that instilling habits of good oral hygiene in children will help prevent serious dental health issues in the future.

"With Little Teeth-Big Smiles, we're exposing a lot of young kids to their first dental visits and getting them more confortable," said Capt. Peter Lee, a 374th DS general dentist.

Lee said that having children comfortable going to the dentist is important in shaping their view of dental care in the future.

"A lot of people say that they don't like the dentist," Lee said. "By reaching the children and their parents now, we can help to shape their dental health for the rest of their lives."

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