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At Risk Children Receive Free Dental Services at Communities In Schools Clinic
Date:2/22/2010

epidemic with 80 percent of children's tooth decay found in just 25 percent of children.

And when children are suffering from toothaches, they are unable to focus on their schoolwork, their grades go down and discipline problems increase.  But dental disease is preventable. Brushing, flossing, eating a balanced diet, regular dental visits and having access to fluoride and sealants are ways to prevent dental disease.  The Communities In Schools of Nevada and Future Smiles partnership is a vital resource in the Las Vegas community to offer these critical dental services to children to help them.  Through the partnership, students are provided free preventative dental services and education to ensure good oral health.

"It's heartbreaking to see a child's smile destroyed by severe tooth decay," said Future Smiles Project Manager, Terri Chandler, RDH. "Imagine not being able to eat, sleep and pay attention in school because you have a mouthful of toothaches," Chandler said. "Some children have reached the point where alternatives are limited and a dentist must pull the teeth that can't be saved. It's tragic. Our state needs to do more to help children get the dental care they need."

Chandler and her team provide services twice a week b
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