Team plan stresses dental health

HONOLULU — The state Department of Education and Hawaii Dental Association are renewing their commitment to educating kids about the importance of dental hygiene.

HDA is conducting informational presentations in first- and second-grade classes on Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island through December, and again from January through February, which is National Children’s Dental Health Month.

“Our goal with establishing healthcare partnerships, like this one with the Hawaii Dental Association, is to provide access to health services for our students so they can show up to school healthy, engaged and ready to learn,” said DOE Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto.

These efforts are also part of a national initiative from the American Dental Association to bring preventative education and dental services to underserved children, which includes 92,000 economically disadvantaged public school students in Hawaii.

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