Dental students work to brighten children's smiles

February is National Children's Dental Health Month.

A few Heartland kids may have brighter smiles very soon!

We're well into National Children's Dental Health Month, so students from A.T. Still Universityâ??s Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health spent Saturday handing out kits filled with toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste meant just for kids.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for kids in the U.S., so their goal is to encourage good oral hygiene habits from an early age. But promoting dental hygiene wasn't the only reason for their efforts today.

â??Weâ??re a new school that's really excited about being in the community and that we're excited to be able to actually do things with the community, so we're here,â?? said ATSU Dental Student, Caitlin Powell.

Although February is almost over, good oral hygiene should be a priority all year long. By following the 2-2-2 rule, you can prevent tooth decay starting with your child's first tooth.

Just remember to visit the dentist two times a year, and brush and floss your teeth two times a day for a whole two minutes.