Yesterday, a week long ‘Krocky bus’ tour started in The Hague region to give primary school pupils at several international schools information about the benefits of properly brushing their teeth so as to prevent braces. The name of the bus originates from the German cartoon ‘Krocky the crocodile’, who was called upon to inform children in a playful way about dental care.
On Monday, primary students from the International School in The Hague listened carefully to the ins and outs about brace prevention. There was also room for questions and afterwards all the students got to brush their teeth as well as dance in the fluorescent teeth disco which highlighted plaque on their teeth.
The ‘Krocky bus’ has been traveling around Germany for 30 year. Christina von Massow, a German orthodontist working at Smile Designer clinic in The Hague took the initiative to bring the ‘Krocky bus’ to the Netherlands.
“The Krocky bus tour was set up by German Professor Hinz. He experienced that most children who needed a brace that the cause was the use of thumbs at a very young age. This prompted the German Orthodontists Association to inform children about how to prevent the need for a brace. In my practice in The Hague, I noticed that young children often do not know how to properly maintain their teeth, hence the idea of getting the bus to The Netherlands and informing children in a playful way!” said Christina von Massow.