CATEC Students Helping to Give Kids a Smile at Clark Elementary

Feb. 28, 2014

CATEC and the American Dental Association are teaming up to put on "Give Kids a Smile Day" in Charlottesville.

CATEC dental assisting students provided dental care to children at Clark Elementary School.

During the clinic, they performed cleanings and Fluoride treatments. Licensed dentists were also on hand to provide free exams.

"We're doing patient education everything from how to brush, how to floss, what to eat, wearing a night guard, no smoking. We're showing them x-rays. We're talking about when their teeth might get loose and come out," said Pat Tisdelle, CATEC Dental Instructor.

"It's giving hands on experience. It's helping. Some people want to do pediatric dentistry. It's giving us a feel how it is in a dentist office with little kids. It's really good practice," said Anashe McCants, CATEC Dental Student.

Following their free cleaning and exam, Clark students were also given more information about how to follow up with a local dentist for continued care.

About 20 Clark Elementary School students participated in the free dental clinic.

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