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31st DS teaches children the importance of a healthy smile

Senior Airman Sarai Gapetz, 31st Dental Squadron dental assistant, shows  second grader Zyrie Palmer the proper technique for brushing teeth during a visit to Aviano’s Elementary School Wednesday.  The technicians visited the second grade class for National Children’s Dental Health Month. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jerome Baysmore)

Senior Airman Sarai Gapetz, 31st Dental Squadron dental assistant, shows second grader Zyrie Palmer the proper technique for brushing teeth during a visit to Aviano’s Elementary School Wednesday. The technicians visited the second grade class for National Children’s Dental Health Month. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jerome Baysmore)

Senior Airman Sarai Gapetz, 31st Dental Squadron dental assistant, helps “Doctor” Micah Traylor put the finishing touches on his outfit. The technicians visited the second grade class for National Children’s Dental Health Month. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jerome Baysmore)

Senior Airman Sarai Gapetz, 31st Dental Squadron dental assistant, helps “Doctor” Micah Traylor put the finishing touches on his outfit. The technicians visited the second grade class for National Children’s Dental Health Month. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jerome Baysmore)

Staff Sgt. Violeta Olivo, 31st Dental Squadron lab technician, applies a stone base to casts to keep them on the articulator, which simulates the patients natural jaw movement.  (Photo by Airman 1st Class Liliana Moreno)

Staff Sgt. Violeta Olivo, 31st Dental Squadron lab technician, applies a stone base to casts to keep them on the articulator, which simulates the patients natural jaw movement. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Liliana Moreno)

Sergeant Olivo carefully applies wax on a cast to start building a crown. A crown is an artificial tooth made to look and feel like a real tooth. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Liliana Moreno)

Sergeant Olivo carefully applies wax on a cast to start building a crown. A crown is an artificial tooth made to look and feel like a real tooth. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Liliana Moreno)

The 31st Dental Squadron lab technicians have a wide variety of sanders, brushes and applicators they use to create molds, crowns and implants for Aviano patients.(Photo by Airman 1st Class Sherrie Gates)

The 31st Dental Squadron lab technicians have a wide variety of sanders, brushes and applicators they use to create molds, crowns and implants for Aviano patients.(Photo by Airman 1st Class Sherrie Gates)