Friday, January 25, 2013

Better Smiles

About 100 second- and third-graders at Ridgecrest Elementary School were given free dental exams and teeth cleanings on Jan. 22 when a mobile dentistry lab from the University of Texas-Dental Branch visited the campus.

The campus mobile lab visit, coordinated by Communities in Schools, offered free preventative and restorative care, oral health education and referrals. Students who had extreme restorative needs were also referred to the UT Dental Branch Pediatric Dental Clinic.

A supervising professor and dental students work in the mobile dentist lab, funded by a special donation from Ronald McDonald House.

Ridgecrest Elementary, with about 800 students, has partnered with the Dental lab for many years now. “Many of our parents don’t have access to dental care. These visits help our children in need to take care of their teeth. Proper dental health is a lifelong need, and proper health in this area can affect student learning, especially during middle school and high school,” Principal Trish Thomas said.


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