WILMINGTON -- A local middle school student already knows exactly what he wants to be when he grows up: a pediatric dentist. And at 13 years old, he is already helping kids improve their oral health. Jackson David is a seventh-grader at Myrtle Grove Middle School who goes out into the community, visiting elementary schools to talk to kids about how important it is to take care of their teeth. Most kids hate the dentist. But Jackson wants to be one. Jackson said, "It's always been kind of fun for me, and whenever I grow up I want to help it be more fun and teach kids what it's doing to their health." During a school project Jackson had to find a problem in the community. So he immediately thought about dentistry. He contacted Colgate and explained that he wanted to help educate students about the importance of good oral hygiene. Colgate gave him a hundreds of free toothbrushes and activity books to give out to the students. "I'm allowed to donate it to any healthy cause that will give a kid a smile or will help any other child that may not have tooth brush or tooth paste and teach them how much dental health is in their lives," Jackson said. He went to each class at Pine Valley Elementary School to give out toothbrushes and educate the students. Fourth-grader Marley Hughes said, "We got these toothbrushes and we're working on brushing our teeth and being healthy." Pine Valley Principal Cindy Talbert said, "We are so happy Jackson Davis included us in his Colgate grant, because we have about 550 students that will benefit from having new toothbrushes." Even if the kids were too young to know the health benefits they love the colorful toothbrushes. Jackson visited the school in February to help kick off National Children's Dental Health Month. He has also donated 500 tubes of toothpaste to Myrtle Grove Middle School.
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