MCC dental students provide free teeth cleanings for community

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MOHAVE COUNTY – Mohave Community College’s Dental Hygiene program held Give Kids a Smile Day on Feb. 8 at the Bullhead City campus.  

Dental hygiene students provided free teeth cleanings, fluoride treatment, sealants and oral hygiene tips to uninsured children ages 4 – 14. Dental assistant students also participated in the event.

Lexi Borland, a second-year dental hygiene student, enjoys participating in the event because she gets to see different kids throughout the day.

“I like that you get to see so many kids it’s fun and everyone is so different,” said Borland.

Give Kids a Smile is an initiative created by the American Dental Association 15 years ago to reduce school absenteeism by eliminating oral pain.

Give Kids a Smile is held statewide in February to recognize National Children’s Dental Health Month and to build awareness of children’s oral health issues and unmet need.

MCC dental hygiene students have been participating in the program for over 10 years.

Danielle Keza, dental hygiene instructor, said this is a great event for the Tri-state area because the students get to give back to the community and provide care for the underserved community.

MCC Dental Hygiene Clinic provides several services for the community. Treatment at the dental hygiene clinic is by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 928-704-7788.

For more information about the program and clinic, click here.

MCC Dental Hygiene students Aubrey Crook (left) and Marisa Jacques (right).

Dental Hygiene student Lexi Borland (right) works on a patient during Give Kids a Smile Day.

Rachyle Lauck, MCC Dental Hygiene student, provides dental care to a patient.