Monday, October 9, 2017
The Marquette School of Dentistry was bustling on Saturday, October 7 as families brought children age 3 to 16 for free dental check-ups. Dozens of dental students and faculty were on hand to provide screenings, fluoride treatments, and emergency services, and to educate children about proper brushing and care of their teeth.
Sponsored by the Milwaukee Public Schools Head Start Office, approximately 500 children departed with healthier smiles following their visits. Children received toothbrushes, toothpaste and other items to help them care for their teeth daily. The Tooth Fairy made a special visit to chat with children and take photos.
“Dental problems are easy to prevent when children begin care at a young age,” said Erica Harris Day, MPS Head Start Program Supervisor. “We’re so grateful to Marquette University for providing care that will help students stay healthy and succeed in school.”
Dental pain is a leading cause of missed school days for children. Dental care at an early age can help children learn good habits and keep their teeth healthy throughout their lifetimes. The Dental Day program educates children and provides early prevention for minor issues that could become serious later on.
Teaching children how to be healthy aligns with MPS’ Eight Big Ideas to promote student achievement. Healthy habits increase student attendance and help students achieve in school.