Sunday, May 17, 2015: Jefferson Cares, in partnership with the Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures program, performed free dental screenings for children attending the Festival de Mayo event held at Fair Park.
Six dentists from Jefferson Dental Clinics performed screenings on 250 children, whose dental health ranged from very good to in need of immediate attention. Dental health screenings are the first step in the cycle of prevention and treatment of dental cavities and decay. The dentists spent time educating parents and children with dental health advice and instructions for building better brushing habits.
Poor dental health in children has been attributed to a number of issues including tooth aches, headaches, difficulty with chewing, difficulty with speech and poor self-esteem. Further untreated dental decay can stem into larger illnesses in adulthood including heart disease, periodontal disease and tooth loss.
The Jefferson Cares program promotes healthy smiles by providing education, information and resources to empower families and individuals to develop strong oral hygiene practices.