Good oral health is essential for children from an early age.

“Experiential Learning involves the learners completely. Learners are engaged intellectually, emotionally, socially, soulfully and/or physically. This involvement produces a perception that the learning task is authentic.The results of the learning are personal and form the basis for future experience and learning.”

Good oral health is essential for children from an early age. Teaching dental health care practices to young children is an investment that will pay dividends lifelong.

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With this aim in mind, a session of ‘Meet the Expert’ at IES, Bhavans Kuwait, was held on the topic, “Healthy Teeth for a Beautiful Smile”. The program was held on December 11, 2021. All the students of grade 4 attended the session. The program was well organized by the Primary Science Department under the able guidance of Ms. Ninu Sreekumar (HOD Science, Primary Section). The session began with a soulful prayer by Dhyuti Manu of grade 4. Alvin Viljo, of grade 4 A, welcomed the gathering and anchored the program.

Dr. Anil Thomas, a specialist in orthodontics, Ministry of Health, Kuwait was the resource person for the session. He touched upon the key points of oral hygiene, teeth structure, dental diseases and healthy diet. Dr. Anil demonstrated ideal brushing techniques, flossing, and gum massaging. He also spoke to the children about the importance of regular dental check-up. While speaking about adopting a healthy diet for healthy teeth, he advised the children to avoid sugary food and aerated drinks as far as possible. His well-organized presentation, impeccable communication skills and child friendly approach kept the children spell bound throughout the session.

After the presentation, a question-answer session was held. Children asked relevant and thought-provoking questions. Dr. Anil answered all their questions and cleared their doubts very patiently.

Vice Principal, Ms. Lalitha Premkumar, in her closing thoughts, asked the children to apply the learnings from the session in their daily lives. She extended her heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Anil for the valuable session. She also thanked the parents and teachers for their cooperation and support.

The session came to a close with the vote of thanks by Bhadra Gopakumar.

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