Oral Care Van Provides Dental Screenings for Children

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With the help of local dentists, a national organization is sending out a fleet of vans all over the country to provide free dental screenings for children under the age of 12.

The Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program provides oral checkups and informational talks to help children learn to take care of their own teeth. Their ultimate goal, however, is connecting families with good “dental homes” where they can regularly receive care.

From The Pilot:

Students at The Academy of Moore County know what it takes to keep a healthy smile.

A Colgate Family Dollar Bright Smiles oral care van recently visited the school as a part of the national Bright Smiles, Bright Futures dental health program.

The mobile dental office is one of eight vans traveling around the country to provide free dental screenings for children under the age of 12.

Local dentists volunteer to evaluate children’s teeth and help them receive any additional treatments they may need.

As students from Nora Andersen’s first-grade class climbed into the van, Dr. William Pete McKay III, a West End dentist, greeted them with a smile. McKay has been volunteering to do dental screenings for children with various organizations since 1986.

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