Halloween trick-or-treat became check-your-teeth for kids

Char-Koosta News 

POLSON — “I just saw Batman and Captain America get off the bus,” said Tribal Health dental director Garry Pitts.

On this Halloween Day, the tribal dental offices in Polson and St. Ignatius transformed into a wonderland of extra lovable characters giving tours, prizes, rides on the dental chairs and quick peeks at growing baby teeth.

Early Childhood services brought more than 100 children under the age of five through the dental offices. This gets them used to noises, sights and sounds of the dental offices, Pitts said, like the slurping straw that whisks away swished water under the bright chair lights. Pitts dressed as Buzz Lightyear, Dave Bull as Woody and Aimee Gustafson finished the trio as Jessie.

“We’ve got a bunch of Potato heads floating around,” Pitts said. “One of our interns is a unicorn.”

Wave after wave of students came in for the tour. Those that missed an earlier fluoride varnish got a quick treatment with the “magic toothpaste,” Pitts said.

Students took turns at the fishing booth, beanbag game and chair rides.

The staff posed for pictures and broke into laughter as Dr. Bull imitated the rules of the Toy Story movies that when a person sees the toy, the toys must fall down and stop moving.

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