October is National Dental Hygiene Month and Steuben County wants to make sure its residents are taking care of their teeth.
Public Health is asking the community for dental supplies, so it can distribute them to local food pantries. The county is part of the S2AY Rural Health Network and is working together to collect toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash.
A collection box is available in its office building at 3 East Pulteney Square in Bath.
The county says about 1 in 5 children from two years old to 19 years old have untreated cavities and if left untreated, it can lead to bigger problems like trouble with eating and speaking.
“If you’re not feeling well and your mouth isn’t feeling well, you’re not going to be the happiest and healthiest you can be,” Public Health Education Coordinator Lorelei Wagner said. “If we can do anything simple like collecting these dental supplies to give out to families so that they can have healthy mouths and… can be happier and healthier, that’s what we want to do.”
This time of year is especially important to get these supplies out because sweets and candy will be around more than usual due to the Halloween and holiday season approaching.
If you are unable to travel to the office building to make a donation, you can contact public health to make collection arrangements at (607) 664-2438 or email email@example.com.