ECU dental students and residents launch families toward improved oral health

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ECU dental students and residents launch families toward improved oral health

When 8-year-old Lillington resident Leiah Patrick took home a flier from school inviting her to a children’s dental care event at the local ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center, her mother Brenda jumped at the chance to have her daughter screened for oral health problems.

During the Feb. 4 Give Kids a Smile event, Leiah and 50 other Harnett County children hopped up into dental chairs and allowed teams of dentists, dental residents and students, dental hygienists, and dental assistants to screen their mouths for cavities, broken teeth, infections and other potentially threatening oral health problems.

The teams also delivered cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments that will help defend the children’s primary and adult teeth from cavities.

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