HEALTHY FUN: Darling Downs Health and Hospital Services Senior Oral Health Therapist Lisa Rippon and Granite Belt Dental's Sue Fleming promoting healthy teeth.
HEALTHY FUN: Darling Downs Health and Hospital Services Senior Oral Health Therapist Lisa Rippon and Granite Belt Dental's Sue Fleming promoting healthy teeth. Amy Kadel

Expo teaches kids how to look after their smiles

HEALTHY mouth, healthy me was the lesson given last week at the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Services expo.

The day, which was held at the Stanthorpe Hospital last Thursday, attracted about 170 people as they learnt how to properly care for their teeth, said DDHS senior oral health therapist Lisa Rippon.

"It's about healthy mouth, healthy me and teaching the importance of having a healthy mouth means that your body will be healthy,” Mrs Rippon said.

Children from schools on the Granite Belt and south of the border including Mingoola travelled to the expo and through the help of sponsors, students were able to learn through fun.

"We try to do a day of fun activities to get home the message of brushing your teeth, staying healthy and drinking water,” Mrs Rippon said. Information was also available for those older visitors.

Granite Belt Dental senior oral health therapist Sue Fleming said the expo was a great day for everyone involved, especially the kids, who loved seeing their sidekick Norbit the dragon.

Mrs Fleming said it was demonstrated through the use of Norbit and story-telling that there's nothing scary about going to the dentist.

"We just try to show that it's a part of a regular lifestyle,” she said.

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