Students get a special visit from the dentist

Published: Oct. 22, 2018 at 4:33 PM CDT
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Kids don't usually like going to the dentist. One program fixed that by taking the dentist to the kids, and making it a lot of fun.

Students at Nelson Mandela Elementary School got a different perspective on dental health on Monday.

Many of the students had never visited a dentist before Creighton's dental school students brought the dentist to them.

"Few of the kids, if any, are seeing a dentist regularly," student coordinator Scott McLaren said.

He said the dental sealants the students were receiving can reduce the risk of cavities by 80 percent.

"It's a huge advantage of these kids not to have that increased risk of cavities, especially like a high area like Nelson Mandela," McLaren said.

Some of the students were a little nervous about the tools and syringes, but all were learning valuable information.

Alivia Kuhn got the hang of how to take care of her teeth.

"Brush your teeth first, then move to the back teeth," she learned.

Programs like the one that visited Monday mean a lot to Susan Toohey, the head of the school.

"They try and make it fun. A lot of people feel the dentist is a scary place. It's nice we are starting off at a young age with a positive relationship with their dental provider," Toohey said.

The dental students saw 105 kids and will be back on Wednesday to see 105 more.