Lane dental students give free exams to community members
Community volunteers and Lane dental students gathered for the 11th annual Free Dental Exam and Sealant Clinic Feb. 2 in the dental clinic on Lane’s main campus.
Children 7 to 14 years old received free exams, X-rays, fluoride varnish and sealant. Parents also received free screenings and dental advice.
Mark Portman, Lane County Dental Society executive director, was in attendance, snapping photos for the Dental Society and helping where he could. Portman stressed the importance of getting children into a dental clinic at a young age — the reason this event is in its 11th year.
“With young kids drinking soda and eating junk food, they are rotting their teeth from an early age,” Portman said. “Not a lot of kids get to a dentist early enough.”
Not getting children to the dentist at a young age can lead to further complications with dental health throughout adulthood.
“People don’t always know that your mouth and teeth are some of the most important parts of your body,” Alyssa Durant said. Durant is a second-year dental hygiene student at Lane.
Along with offering community outreach and assistance, the event is also an opportunity for Lane dental students to earn credit. Students earned two continuing education credits for attending a class two hours before helping at the event.