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San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido recently unveiled a new exhibit aiming to teach children and families about dental care.

Grin Land! is located in the “Our Town: Careers and Community exhibit space,” an area dedicated to helping children ages 0 to 10 familiarize themselves with different experiences or places they might encounter in their daily lives, and to inspiring career exploration through role play.

“We wanted to create an exhibit that would both be fun and educational for families, and address a critical issue for children in our community,” said executive director Wendy Taylor. “Twenty percent of young children have untreated cavities, which can cause pain and infections leading to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. Children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades.”

Sponsored by The Super Dentists, the exhibit includes life-sized tools and props, display of healthy and unhealthy foods and reception desk.

“The Super Dentists are very active in the San Diego community, especially with causes related to kids and education, so partnering with the museum was a great fit,” said Kami Hoss, co-founder of The Super Dentists. “Our aim is to take an experience, like going to the dentist, which is typically feared, and make it fun and positive. We know if kids like going to the dentist, they will take care of their mouths for the rest of their lives.”

Grin Land! is included with museum admission.

For more information about San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, visit sdcdm.org.

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