Dental Assisting students from West-MEC, a Career and Technical Education (CTE) district at 5487 N. 99th Ave., Glendale, participated in a program for children from underserved communities hosted by TeamSmile, a national advocacy group.
The program, sponsored by the Arizona Coyotes and the Tucson Roadrunners, took place this month at Gila River Arena in Glendale.
Oral treatments offered included dental check-ups, cleanings, brush-on fluoride treatments and dental education.
“Volunteering for TeamSmile is part of our work-based learning experiences that we provide to the students,” Julie Ehrman, a Certified Dental Assistant and Dental Assisting instructor at West-MEC stated in a news release. “It allows them to see what their future can be. They get to see hygienists, assistants and dentists all in one place, serving children in a six-hour window per day.”
West-MEC students provided education on the importance of brushing and flossing teeth. They gained hands-on experience making boil and bite mouth guards, provided by Arizona Dental Foundation, that children can use during sports to protect their teeth.
The program served approximately 225 children in Phoenix and 105 in Tucson.
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