Children Get Creative about Dental Hygiene

"If teeth are white, they won't rot at night," are among the words of wisdom written by children who competed in a poster and essay contest. The UCSF School of Dentistry and Oral-B co-sponsored an oral health poster contest again this year for children affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco. The goal of the contest is to get youngsters to think about oral hygiene and health as a gateway to overall health. Children were recognized on Tuesday, May 17, for their ideas and creativity at the awards ceremony for the UCSF School of Dentistry Oral Hygiene Poster and Essay Contest. Students were presented their prizes at a ceremony on Tuesday afternoon at the Columbia Park Boys and Girls Club. Representatives from the dental school judged 55 finalists, selected from seven Boys and Girls Clubs in various San Francisco neighborhoods. The children wrote or created images on topics ranging from "good and bad bacteria" to "what causes dental stains." First-place winners in four separate age groups received trophies and certificates, as well as dental products from Oral B. They were:
Maurico Marica, Columbia Park Clubhouse for poster in kindergarten to second grade group.
Ivana Carroll, Visitacion Valley Clubhouse, for poster in third to fifth grade group.
Michelle Hoang, Tenderloin Clubhouse, for poster in sixth to eighth grade division.
Sunny Chea, Tenderloin Clubhouse, for poster in high school division. For more information please contact, Charles J. Alexander, associate dean of student affairs in the UCSF School of Dentistry, or Boys and Girls Club representative Tavi Baker.

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