February, 2010

Clark County dentists participate in successful Give Kids A Smile

When officers of the Clark County Dental Society sat down with other members of the local dental community to consider a first ever Children’s Dental Health Day, they decided to do it big. On Feb. 10 more than 300 children of low-income families were seen in 10 hours by a well-coordinated team of 160 volunteers, including 40 dentists.

The Dental Hygiene School of Clark College made its facility available, including a 26-chair clinic, x-ray heads and classrooms. Children were screened in the classrooms and directed to other locations for appropriate care. Clark College hygiene students placed sealants outside the clinic in the Free Clinic Dental Van. Inside, children received needed fillings, stainless steel crowns, pulpotomies, and endodontic treatment on permanent teeth. Two oral surgeons were kept busy removing unrestorable teeth.

Students from the Clark County Vocational Skills Center assisted dentists, and bilingual dental hygiene and dental assisting students served as translators for Russian and Spanish-speaking families.

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