LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Dentistry will hold its annual Children’s Dental Day next week.
The event provides free dental care to 175 children from seven communities on Friday at the college in Lincoln.
The services provided will include cleanings, extractions, fillings, root canals and stainless steel crowns.
Since 2001, the college has treated more than 6,000 children and provided services valued at more than $3 million to low income and underserved children in the state.
This year, children from Crete, Columbus, Hastings, Grand Island, Fremont, Omaha and Lincoln are expected to attend. Some of the children will be seeing a dentist for the first time.
All of the children participating in the event are identified and pre-screened in their communities by volunteers, including school nurses, members of faith-based organizations, Head Start, dentists and dental hygienists.
These volunteers donate their time to identify needy children, provide oral health screenings that indicate the type of care the children will need when they come to the college, and in many cases, come with the children for emotional support and translation services.