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Dental Readiness Program

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A group of soldiers lining up may look like they're getting ready to deploy, but this group is  actually one step prior to going oversees. They are getting dental care to make sure their teeth won't be a problem when they're in a foreign country. Christine Ancajas is the Nevada State Dental Officer. "The treatment will consist of cleanings to restorative things like single fillings to extractions to root canals."

The dental readiness event is put on by the Nevada Army Guard. It's one of the largest mass dental readiness events in its history. If soldiers aren't medically cleared, they can't go overseas. It's a problem for members of the Guard. "Nine-percent of our soldiers were non-deployable due to dental conditions or health conditions and due to this event we hope to be down to 4%."

The office brought in local dentists to do the work. 180 soldiers and airmen in Northern Nevada were served. People like Private First Class for Military Police, Jessie Sparks. Without this event, she might still be walking around needing dental care. "Yesterday we all had our x-rays done and then today I had a filling done on my back right molar."

Nearly 2,000 Nevada Army Guard soldiers have performed overseas deployments in support of operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom during the last 10 years. And thanks to programs like this, they will be ready to serve our country in the future.

For more information on the Nevada State Dental board go to http://www.nvdentalboard.nv.gov/Consumer.htm

Written By Wendy Damonte
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