No-cost program gives kids something to smile about

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsA handful of Santa Clarita Valley dentists help with the initial screenings and local volunteers step in to provide translation services as needed. Watson said 10 interpreters had been working all day Friday. “A lot of children have so much decay, when you look at their mouths, you think they must be in so much pain,” she said. “But they get to the point where they don’t feel pain anymore. Some of those kids have to come back for treatment every day we’re here.” The foundation’s mobile dental units provide service to various locations throughout the Southland, including Visalia and Bakersfield. A return trip to Santa Clarita is planned for October. A $40,000 grant from Albertsons covered the hard costs of bringing the dental services for this visit as well as providing nutritional information for patients and their families to help with their future dental and physical well-being. [email protected] CANYON COUNTRY – More than 100 Canyon Country children will have brighter smiles in the coming week, thanks to dozens of volunteers and a grocery store’s generosity. The Foundation for Children’s Dental Health, working with local schools and health offices, matched children in need with dental students willing to help. In five trailers set up in a church parking lot, 39 dentists from the University of Southern California performed exams, did X-rays and will spend the next seven days doing fillings, extractions, pulp removals and crowns at no cost to their young patients. “So far we’ve seen 110 kids for a general consultation,” said Ericka Watson, executive director of the foundation. “Throughout the week, they will come back for treatment.” (661) 257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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