MARYVILLE, Mo. — Students at St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic School spent a part of Monday morning learning how to keep their teeth clean and fight off plaque with a presentation from Delta Dental of Missouri’s Land of Smiles.

Tooth Wizard battled PlaqueMan and all his little pieces of plaque with the help of several students who learned about proper oral hygiene. The interactive show taught students at St. Gregory the importance of brushing in small circles, flossing between each tooth and visiting the dentist.

Not to be brushed aside, tooth decay remains one of the most common chronic diseases in children ages 6 to 11, but is largely preventable, according to a Delta Dental news release.

This program is offered free to schools and will focus its tour this week, visiting nearly 1,500 children throughout northwest Missouri and 21,000 students at 105 elementary schools throughout the state.

After the show, each child was to receive a “smile bag” packed with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, an educational coloring sheet and a mirror decal, reminding them to brush twice daily.

Delta Dental of Missouri is the state’s leading dental benefits provider and a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, according to a company news release. It provides 1.9 million members with access to dental care through group plans

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