• DENTAC-Japan dentist, Capt. Adrienne Rembert, DDS conducts an oral screening for Reilli Wade, an Arnn Elementary first-grader, Feb. 20, during a preventative health visit for National Children's Dental Awareness Month. (U.S. Army photos by Candateshia Pafford)

    DENTAC-Japan perform oral screenings at Arnn

    DENTAC-Japan dentist, Capt. Adrienne Rembert, DDS conducts an oral screening for Reilli Wade, an Arnn Elementary first-grader, Feb. 20, during a preventative health visit for National Children's Dental Awareness Month. (U.S. Army photos by Candateshia...

  • DENTAC-Japan dentist, Capt. Adrienne Rembert, DDS conducts an oral screening for Isabella Delaney, an Arnn Elementary first-grader, Feb. 20, during a preventative health visit for National Children's Dental Awareness Month. (U.S. Army photos by Candateshia Pafford)

    DENTAC-Japan perform oral screenings at Arnn

    DENTAC-Japan dentist, Capt. Adrienne Rembert, DDS conducts an oral screening for Isabella Delaney, an Arnn Elementary first-grader, Feb. 20, during a preventative health visit for National Children's Dental Awareness Month. (U.S. Army photos by...

  • Isabella Delaney and Mira Nance, Arnn Elementary first-graders, look at their healthy screening certificate after an oral screening conducted by a DENTAC-Japan dentist Feb. 20, during a preventative health visit for National Children's Dental Awareness Month. (U.S. Army photos by Candateshia Pafford)

    DENTAC-Japan perform oral screenings at Arnn

    Isabella Delaney and Mira Nance, Arnn Elementary first-graders, look at their healthy screening certificate after an oral screening conducted by a DENTAC-Japan dentist Feb. 20, during a preventative health visit for National Children's Dental Awareness...

  • U.S. Army Dental Activity-Japan dentists and associates performed oral screenings on nearly 400 Arnn Elementary School students during a three day preventative health visit for National Children's Dental Awareness Month which is observed during the month of February. After each dental screening, the students were given a healthy screening certificate and a goody bag with things to aid in dental maintenance.  (U.S. Army photos by Candateshia Pafford)

    DENTAC-Japan perform oral screenings at Arnn

    U.S. Army Dental Activity-Japan dentists and associates performed oral screenings on nearly 400 Arnn Elementary School students during a three day preventative health visit for National Children's Dental Awareness Month which is observed during the...

  • DENTAC-Japan dentist, Capt. Adrienne Rembert, DDS conducts an oral screening for Khalil Foxx, an Arnn Elementary fourth-grader, Feb. 20, during a preventative health visit for National Children's Dental Awareness Month. (U.S. Army photos by Candateshia Pafford)

    DENTAC-Japan perform oral screenings at Arnn

    DENTAC-Japan dentist, Capt. Adrienne Rembert, DDS conducts an oral screening for Khalil Foxx, an Arnn Elementary fourth-grader, Feb. 20, during a preventative health visit for National Children's Dental Awareness Month. (U.S. Army photos by Candateshia...

  • Arnn Elementary fourth-grader Khalil Foxx gives DENTAC-Japan dentist, Capt. Adrienne Rembert, DDS a high-five after an oral dental screening conducted Feb. 20, during a preventative health visit for National Children's Dental Awareness Month. (U.S. Army photos by Candateshia Pafford)

    DENTAC-Japan perform oral screenings at Arnn

    Arnn Elementary fourth-grader Khalil Foxx gives DENTAC-Japan dentist, Capt. Adrienne Rembert, DDS a high-five after an oral dental screening conducted Feb. 20, during a preventative health visit for National Children's Dental Awareness Month. (U.S...

  • Alana Raphael, Arnn Elementary fourth-grader, demonstrate how to properly floss your teeth on a stuff animal during the class portion of the preventative health visit for National Children's Dental Awareness Month conducted by DENTAC-Japan. (U.S. Army photos by Candateshia Pafford)

    DENTAC-Japan perform oral screenings at Arnn

    Alana Raphael, Arnn Elementary fourth-grader, demonstrate how to properly floss your teeth on a stuff animal during the class portion of the preventative health visit for National Children's Dental Awareness Month conducted by DENTAC-Japan. (U.S. Army...

  • DENTAC-Japan dentist, Capt. Adrienne Rembert, DDS conducts an oral screening for Marina Duffy, an Arnn Elementary fourth-grader, Feb. 20, during a preventative health visit for National Children's Dental Awareness Month. (U.S. Army photos by Candateshia Pafford)

    DENTAC-Japan perform oral screenings at Arnn

    DENTAC-Japan dentist, Capt. Adrienne Rembert, DDS conducts an oral screening for Marina Duffy, an Arnn Elementary fourth-grader, Feb. 20, during a preventative health visit for National Children's Dental Awareness Month. (U.S. Army photos by...

CAMP ZAMA, Japan (Feb. 21, 2014) --"I have no cavities," said Jeffery Malone, a John O. Arnn Elementary School fourth-grader, after a school-wide dental screening conducted Feb. 20, by the U.S. Army Dental Activity-Japan, headquartered here.

DENTAC-Japan dentist Capt. Adrienne Rembert, DDS, and a few associates performed simple dental screenings on nearly 400 Arnn students over a three-day period as a part of National Children's Dental Awareness Month.

"The goal is to make sure [the students] are aware of their oral hygiene and teach them how to brush and floss daily to prevent cavities," said Rembert.

The students learned proper brushing and flossing techniques before Rembert conducted the dental screenings.

James Chang, the Arnn school nurse, was on board to help teach the students about the proper foods to eat and to avoid in order to maintain good oral health and prevent cavities.

"In the class, [the students] learned how many times to brush their teeth a day, when and how many times they should floss their teeth, and about drinking water because water contains fluoride, which prevents plaque and cavities," said Chang.

The students also learned about which foods can help strengthen their bones and their teeth.

Khalil Foxx, an Arnn Elementary fourth-grader, said he brushes and flosses his teeth twice a day.

"If you don't brush your teeth, they will go bad," said Foxx.

Chang said an event such as this helps teach the students good habits.

"You are what you eat," said Chang.

Dental health is a part of everyone's overall health, so it is important to learn preventative habits, Chang added.

"Some kids may not know how many times or when to brush their teeth," said Chang.

The event helps teach students not only when and how to brush and floss their teeth, but also when to visit the dentist, "by asking mom and dad to take them to the dentist twice a year," said Chang.

After each dental screening, the students were given a healthy screening certificate and a "goodie" bag with things to aid in dental maintenance.

The oral screenings showed that parents [here] are "doing a very good job" in keeping their children up on their children oral hygiene, said Rembert.

"Everybody's teeth looked good," said Rembert.

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