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Local pediatric dentist visits classrooms to promote dental health in Sioux City

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) —  For kids, “fun” and oral health don’t go hand-in-hand, but a local dentist is trying to change that mindset!

For the last five years, Dr. Jeff Howenstein has been volunteering his time and visiting head start classrooms in Sioux City.

He teaches the kids good oral hygiene through books and interactive games!

Dr. Howenstein says it’s important to start good dental habits early.

“And that’s really what we’re trying to do in these visits,” said Dr. Jeff Howenstein, pediatric dentist, “To teach them about brushing and healthy habits that way they don’t ever get cavities and that way we don’t ever have to do any type of fillings or dental work.”

The students also go home with a goodie bag that includes a toothbrush!

Dr. Howenstein will visit more head start classrooms on Wednesday.

Michelle Schoening

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