Dr. Thomas Feder, a dental implant provider in Belleville, recently partnered with Belle Valley Elementary School to promote oral health during National Children's Dental Health Month.
This year's campaign, "Sugar Wars," focused on teaching children about the dental risks of consuming too much sugar. Tooth decay is the top chronic disease in children around the world.
"Our office looks forward to this event every year because we get to interact with children and get them practicing great oral health techniques early in their lives," Feder said.
Feder and his team have worked with first-graders at Belle Valley Elementary for the past 35 years. He and his family have close ties to the school, where he served as a board trustee and president for more than a decade. His wife taught at the school and his sons attended it.
Feder gave a presentation to students and showed movies from the American Dental Association about the importance of dental health. He also gave the children toothbrushes and toothpaste.
"My hope is that seeing a dentist at their school will make them less fearful when they go to any dental office," Feder said.