Since my last post my birthday did pass on the 8th. For my 23rd birthday (I feel old) a group of us went out for Cuban food and mojitos! This also marked the last night I saw former fellow volunteer Kelsey, who recently finished her service. I look forward to seeing her again soon in New York City on my visit home, as she starts at Columbia this fall. She better be wearing her traje!
Luis organized a collection of floss, toothbrushes, and toothpaste at his university. He ended up bringing down upwards of 100 brushes and toothpastes. Likewise, a friend of Kamilles donated brushes and tablets that indicate plaque on the teeth by dying it purple. The workshop included instructional handouts, brushing practice on soda soaked eggs, a plaque indicating example/ challenge for the coming weeks, a discussion on healthy habits and even a trial session in which the students practiced brushing. The students sang Happy Birthday twice, once for the top and bottom level of their teeth respectively, to better time their brushing duration. Kamille and I will return next week to check up on the students, administer plaque tablet tests and introduce flossing into the mix ( knock on wood there isn't too much blood!). Knowledge is power and hopefully the students took away the negative effect sugary foods and soda have on their teeth and that brushing with solely water is better than not brushing at all. We shall see next week when we see who the winner is in the least plaque contest! One brush at a time....
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