The Keene Memorial Library is set to host a “Terrific Teeth” story time and dental fair on Saturday as part of National Children’s Dental Health Month.
The “Terrific Teeth” event will begin at 11 a.m. with story time, and a dental fair will run concurrently, ending at 12:30 p.m.
The dental fair will feature Dr. Benjamin Peters from Fremont Family Dentistry and Dr. Bethany Olson from Nye Avenue Dental who will be available to answer questions about dental health and hygiene and will be offering free screenings.
“This event has been a great way to collaborate with local professionals and to offer something of value to the community,” Library Aide Keri Taylor told the Tribune.
She added that the event will hopefully be able to connect local residents who are looking for a dentist to be a local provider as well as provide an opportunity for those who may not be able to afford to go to the dentist regularly with a free screening and more information.
“They can get a simple screening and get information on how to take good care of their teeth,” she said.
The dental fair will also feature staff from the Dodge County Extension office who will be on hand to address the sugar content of popular drinks and to provide attendees with a healthier alternative — by way of making free fruit smoothies throughout the event.
Attendees will also receive free toothbrushes and toothpaste while supplies last.
Taylor says the purpose of pairing story time with the dental fair is designed to help provide kids with accurate information about dental health and a give them a leg up on literacy if they have yet to enter grade school.
“Using this theme for story time is a way of sharing factual information with the kids,” she said. “This is one of the best ways to develop their background knowledge, which is the sum of their experiences and what they know when they enter school. Background knowledge is one of the early literacy skills that researchers have noted will help children when it’s time to learn to read.”
All of the stories read during the story time portion of the event will be centered around dental health as well, and will be read by Library Aide Susan Allen.
“The stories read during story time will be about taking care of teeth, losing teeth, going to the dentist — there will be a variety,” Taylor said.
She added that the event is part of the public library’s mission to provide information to the community at-large.
“As a hub of information in our community it is important for us to continually strive to get information out to the public,” she said. “This event is for kids to learn why it’s important to take care of their teeth and how to do that — but it’s also for parents and caregivers to connect with individuals that can help them understand the importance of dental health for them and their kids.”
Those with questions about the “Terrific Teeth” event are encouraged to call Keene Memorial Library at 402-727-2694.