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Girl Scouts eschew cookies for toothbrush goody bags for a day

March 29, 2017

Patch partners: The University of Florida College of Dentistry and the student chapter of the American Association of Women Dentists played host to Girl Scouts Dental Health Patch Day March 18 at the Gainesville college. The university's AAWD chapter taught the Girl Scouts about dentistry, along with nutrition and oral hygiene, while reinforcing other goals Girl Scouts promote. Thirteen members of the student AAWD chapter volunteered to be a part of the event and 13 Girl Scouts attended. Each Girl Scout left with a toothbrush goody bag, a shiny new dental patch to add to her vest and knowledge about the importance of dental hygiene. The college's dean, Dr. Isabel Garcia, not only underscored giving back to the community, but also the importance of having a healthy mouth and the fact that dentistry is a great career. According to its national website, Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Oral health is a recognized part of the Girl Scout philosophy in building happy and healthy girls since 1912. Photo courtesy of The University of Florida College of Dentistry