Miami-Dade County Dental Society Give Students Lessons in a Lunchbox

For Immediate Release

Miami, Fl

About 240 enthusiastic first, second and third graders, at BridgePrep Academy Charter School in Miami, were each given bright orange lunch boxes with toothpaste, a brush, and floss, and schooled on the proper way to care for their teeth, as part of the Children's Oral Health Institute's Lessons in a Lunch Box: Healthy Teeth Essentials & Facts About Snacks Program. The annual national effort equips students with an exclusively designed bright orange lunch box and dental carrot case, as a daily reminder for them to eat healthy and to clean their teeth after every meal. The Miami-Dade County Dental Society spearheaded this year’s program at BridgePrep Academy Charter School. November 18th marked the first time the program was held in Miami.

Dr. John Nelson, owner of Midtown Dental Miami and President of the Miami-Dade County Dental Society, was among several dentists, dental students, hygienists and others, who registered to volunteer for the program and help teach kids healthy dietary and dental hygiene.

Officials say demand for the lunch box and dental carrot cases have increased since the initiative was introduced in 2008 by CEO and Founder Dr. Winifred Booker.

"We are excited to participate in Lessons in a Lunchbox, said Dr. Nelson. It’s so important to encourage our youth to begin these kinds of healthy habits early and this is an outstanding way to do just that. We hope the lunchboxes will really drive home the point to kids that healthy eating as well as flossing and brushing is important,” he added.

"We feel very fortunate to be able to participate in this program this year and have Dr. Nelson and his staff come out and assist our students in this effort," said Assistant Principal Vanessa Latorre.

About Lessons In A Lunch Box
Healthy Teeth Essentials and Facts about Snacks” is an oral health literacy program designed to empower children and families with knowledge about good oral health practices including routine dental care, oral health maintenance and good dietary choices. The program was created by Dr. Winifred Booker, a pediatric dentist and CEO of the Maryland Children’s Oral Health Institute, in response to the numerous health and behavioral issues seen in children with dental caries.

About Dr. John Nelson

Miami native ​Dr. John Nelson is the President of Midtown Dental and a ​graduate of Miami Sunset High School and Howard University College of Dentistry. ​He ​is a highly trained and experienced dentist, having​ completed​ several post graduate courses in ​various​ fields of ​the craft. Dr. Nelson's emphasis on patient comfort as well as keeping up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry enable him to provide his patients with the best quality of care in the field.

Dr. Nelson ​is experienced in several aspects of dentistry​ from cosmetic and restorative dentistry to surgical treatments and root canal treatments. His approach to your treatment ​begins​ with patiently listening to you. ​Then ​​after a complete and thorough examination, he reviews and discusses ​your​ diagnosis and treatment options.

Dr. Nelson is President of​ the ​Miami-Dade County Dental Society ​and a member of the ​National Dental Association. When he's not practicing dentistry, he's active in his community as a leader and volunteer. 

To interview Dr. John Nelson, President of the Miami-Dade County Dental Society, contact Tandaleya Wilder at She Got Game Media at or (305) 520-9703.