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MASS. PASSES FIRST MANDATORY TOOTHBRUSH LAW IN THE NATION

NO JOKE , MY PRETTIES . THIS IS FOR REAL . IT’S NOW . IT’S ON .
New 2010 Tooth Brushing Regulations To Take Effect Immediately .

from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care :

“Is it true that we have to brush children’s teeth?”

“EEC’s new regs require educators to assist children in brushing their teeth whenever children remain in care for more than four hours and/or consume a meal in child care.

One in four Massachusetts kindergartners have dental decay; 50% of which goes untreated. Low income children affected almost twice as often as their more affluent peers.

Early tooth loss is linked to failure to thrive, impaired speech development, poor concentration, and reduced self-esteem.

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TOOTH BRUSH STATION RAINBOW GATHERING NEW MEXICO 2009

My tireless effort to raise dental awareness at the Rainbow Gathering has really paid off. Bless you sister .

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FLOSSING MONKEYS ON THE WIRE

Flossing monkeys ‘proof’ animals teach tool use

Wed Mar 11, 11:55 am ET
TOKYO (AFP) – Thai monkeys have been observed showing their young how to floss — proof primates teach offspring to use tools, a Japanese researcher said Wednesday.

“I was surprised because teaching techniques on using tools properly to a third party are said to be an activity carried out only by humans,” Professor Nobuo Masataka of Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute told AFP.

His research team observed seven female long-tailed macaques and their offspring and monitored how often the mothers cleaned the spaces between their teeth with strands of human hair, in a colony of 250 animals near Bangkok.
The study found that the frequency of teeth-cleaning roughly doubled and became more elaborate when the infant monkeys were watching, suggesting that the females were deliberately teaching their young how to floss, he said.

“The study is still at the hypothesis stage,” Masataka cautioned. “We would like to shift our focus to the baby monkeys to check whether the mothers’ actions are effectively helping them learn how to clean their teeth.”

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