Last year, the theme of their float was Reindeer Teeth. This year, it's "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth."
West Liberty's dental hygiene students are in the parade for the fourth year. The first three years they became well known for the free toothpaste they gave out.
“In the past, we've given out 7,000 to 8,000 tubes of toothpaste, little sample sized tubes of toothpaste along the parade route,” said WLU Dental Hygiene Dept. Advisor Jenny Blaskovich.
But a new parade rule has forbidden any giveaways during the parade. West Liberty offers a two-year and four-year dental hygiene program, and accepts about 40 new students a year.
So even without their signature free toothpaste, they still are a visual reminder of the school and their professional organization.
“We have the opportunity to become members of the Student American Dental Hygiene Association. So we all as a class tend to be involved in that,” said senior Megan Ciacci. “We do community service projects throughout the year.”
“And we want to remind people that West Liberty's Dental Hygiene Program is out there and we offer low cost preventive services for the public,” said Blaskovich.
And the giant white molars have a holiday message.
“We just want everyone to know the importance of brushing your teeth and flossing and that you can still eat the candy and you can participate in all those fun things that are associated with Christmas and the holidays but just know that brushing your teeth is very important,” said senior Lauren Heisler.
So when you see the Dental Hygiene float, give them a wave and a nice healthy smile.