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Feb. 7, 2011

Oral health puppet show to tour state

COLUMBIA – Children will have fun learning about oral health as the puppet show, “Flora and Floppy go to the Dentist,” tours the state beginning this month, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today. 

“The 2008 Oral Health Needs Assessment report found that 47 percent of South Carolina children in kindergarten and third grade have experienced tooth decay,” said Christine Veschusio, director of DHEC’s Division of Oral Health. “This show is a great way to reach children across the state with a positive oral health message. The value of this show is that children can learn key concepts about taking care of their teeth without even realizing they are learning.”

The 20-minute show, a collaboration among DHEC’s Division of Oral Health, the S.C. Dental Association and the Columbia Marionette Theater, will visit 20 schools and Head Start Centers across the state in February and March as part of Children’s Dental Health Month.  The tour is sponsored by the S.C. Dental Association and funded by an American Dental Association grant.

The show began in 2008 and has traveled to more than 45 schools and Head Start Centers across the state. The show has also been to numerous community events and at EdVenture Children’s Museum to educate families about the importance of good dental health. 

For more information about “Flora and Floppy go to the Dentist,” visit DHEC’s Oral Health Division website at www.scdhec.gov/oralhealth or contact Mary Kenyon Jones in DHEC’s Division of Oral Health, kenyonm@dhec.sc.gov or call (803) 898-1353.

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For more information:
Thom Berry – (803) 898-3885
E-mail – berrytw@dhec.sc.gov
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