About 200 Nebraska children will be traveling to Lincoln Friday to visit the dentist. The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry will be hosting their annual Children’s Dental Day. College of Dentistry Dean John Reinhardt says college students will be providing a number of dental services for these children. He says they will provide more than $100,000 in treatment to these children who are in need.
All of the children have been screened in their local communities and have been recommended for treatment.
Dr. Reinhardt says College of Dentistry students will perform extractions, root canals, fillings, cleaning and apply fluoride treatment and sealants.
An estimated 200 Nebraska children from 14 communities including Crete, Columbus, Norfolk, Stanton, Wayne, Wisner, Beemer, Lyons, West Point and Wisner to name a few, are taking part. Roughly 240 College of Dentistry students will provide the service free of charge. Dr. Reinhardt says one of their goals is to make this a fun event for the children so they don’t develop a fear of going to the dentist for future work. He says they are providing a carnival atmosphere with lots of activities to entertain the children and keep them smiling.
The College of Dentistry holds two Children’s Dental Day events each year. The next event will be held in the Panhandle.