The instructions that Shohreh Hejazi gives are precise: “Turn the tooth brush to a 45-degree angle. Now brush along the gum line. See? Like this …"
Hejazi, a dental hygienist, is seated at a table with three kids and one mother in a classroom at Oak View Elementary School in Huntington Beach. After her demonstration, she hands a toothbrush and a set of larger-than-life dentures to 11-year-old Nancy and says, “Show me how you brush.”
Nancy complies, scraping the teeth in delicate circles.
“Nancy,” Hejazi then says in a stern voice. “Do you promise to brush?”
Nancy nods solemnly.
Hejazi is one of a group of Orange County volunteers inspired by a mystic poet from the 13th century, who are offering wellness classes every Tuesday afternoon and evening to students and families in Oak View, a low-income community in Huntington Beach.
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