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Nevada Dental Health Program Helps Area Students

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This month hundreds of second graders in Washoe County School District will get some extra attention for their smiles.

Every year the Northern Nevada Dental Health Program visits at-risk elementary schools in Washoe County to give the second graders some preventive dental care.

We caught up with them at Sierra Vista Elementary Tuesday.

"There certainly is a need throughout the entire school district. The schools that we focus on are those that need a little extra attention, and where those folks and those students might not have access to preventive dental care at home," says program director Gary Aldax.

Dentists and dental hygienists have been visiting local elementary schools under this program for seven years giving the students exams, fluoride treatments and sealants for their molars.

This year-- the program has the funding to visit 18 different elementary schools.

Although that number is down this year from its peak of 36 schools, they say every little bit helps.

"It's a huge gift. As schools, you want to be a community center and you want to provide health supports for your students, and due to resources, you're not always able to do that," says Sierra Vista Principal Jonna Aucoin.

Program officials say that since it started, this mobile unit has helped thousands of children.

It moves on to Desert Heights Elementary School next week - and Bailey Charter School the week after that.



For more information on the program, click here.

Written by Arianna Bennett


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