The University of New England will host the third annual “Dental Careers Exploration Camp” 2012 Sunday, June 24, through Tuesday, June 26. The event will be held on the schools' Portland, Maine campus and will play host to students from Norway, Saco, Ashland, Chebeague Island, Fort Fairfield, Berwick,
North Berwick, Lisbon, Wade, Cape Elizabeth, Kennebunk, Holden and Fort Ken and from New Hampshire’s
Pelham and Lisbon communities (http://www.dental-tribune.com/articles/content/scope/news/region/usa/id/8884).
The dental camp will allow interested high-school students to test the waters regarding their potential profession. Students will get some hands-on experience courtesy of being able to apply dental treatments (such as drilling and filling teeth on test dummies) as well as work shadowing in local, participating dental offices.
If your kid has ever shown an interest in the dental care industry, this event can prove to be an eye opening experience and assist with career decision making. It is important to note, that in the nation, there is a shortage of licensed dentists a structured education can prepare your children to take on the role with gusto.
Grow a Garden
Staycations (vacation at home) are all the rage as they are cost saving and can provide a great holiday without the stress of having to travel and pay for associated expenses. If you are a parent and already know that junior will be by your side during the summer season, then tending to a home garden can be one of the best educational experiences of all.
First Lady Michelle Obama is leading the Garden Initiative as she has dedicated her efforts to fighting childhood obesity. Her first book "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America" (Crown) addresses the issue and notes that "engaging" children in the food process can be one of the first steps to improving their eating habits (to include fruits and vegetables) and that can improve their dental health over time.
Gardening can be as elaborate as building raised beds in a dedicated plot of land in your back yard or simply growing herbs and edibles via container gardening. Regardless of how the gardening will be implemented, children need to be engaged in the process from the get go as not only is the digging, planting and watering fun, it will actually help connect them to where real food comes from and encourage a eating a diet more aligned to the Government's recommended Nutrition Plate.
That direct contact with the earth will help children develop a love for natures' bounties, encourage them to eat more fruits and vegetables and to turn their backs on the processed meats, snacks and beverages that are destroying their health (both oral health and general well being).
It is important to note that while these are certainly ways to educate your children regarding how to improve dental health, a hands-on approach to oral health is also part of the scenario. Visiting the suggested and participating in these types of proactive experiences can help create a dialogue regarding proper dental care. Then following up those steps with ensuri