Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Science Never Sucks!

I taught good oral hygiene, tobacco and betal nut cessation in Bree's science class this morning. I was a little hesitant about teaching middle schoolers because the other hygienist didn't have such a good experience with them before. I was just hoping I wouldn't get any attitude or wise cracks. I think for the most part it went really well. Bree's class was very smart and attentive.
I thought it would be fun to disclose the plaque in their mouth with the red tablets and to also have them look at bacteria from their mouth using the microscopes. The kids had fun laughing at each other and their pink teeth as well as looking at slides of bacteria from their mouths. Did you know that you have over 300 strains of bacteria in your mouth? Gross, i know.
Another important topic I wanted to talk about was tobacco and betal nut cessation. I asked the class how many of them chew and I'd say that about half of them raised their hands. So slowly I listed all the reasons why betal nut and tobacco chewing was bad for them. I'm hoping that I got through to them. Its just hard to see them start a nasty habit like chewing at such a young age. Anyways, Thanks Bree for letting me come teach your class!

7 comments:

CNMI Blogger said...

Bev:

Thanks for teaching the kids to stop chewing pugua and amaska! I, too, hope you got through. Keep doing it.

Sean said...

What no movies tonight? :)

The Saipan Blogger said...

Don't worry, you didn't get through to them.

Ken & Crystal said...

Good Job Bev! You go out and educate those kids! They love you! Keep up the great community service work.
~Ken and Crystal

Anonymous said...

For us Here, betelnut chewing is just a habit, and we love it. Even You have a Habit and we dont complain or ask why!

Anonymous said...

Hello! I am a Christian dentist from Australia who is interested in working in Saipan sometime in the future. Can you send me some information regarding how I can get registered to work there, who I should contact, etc. Thanks so much!

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Bev said...

Hey Jesse! thanks for stopping by! I'll email you more stuff about dentistry in Saipan.