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PRCC hosts Give Kids a Smile Day

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Dental hygiene students at Pearl River Community College provide some basic dental services for members of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Friday. Dental hygiene students at Pearl River Community College provide some basic dental services for members of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Friday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Students from the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club got good tips on dental hygiene and free teeth cleanings Friday as part of an annual outreach by Pearl River Community College.

First year students enrolled in the school's dental hygiene program on the Forrest County Campus offered those services as part of the national Give Kids a Smile Day. 

15 dental hygiene students worked with about two dozen children from the Boys and Girls Club.

"This is a wonderful advantage for our students," said Dr. Shana Allen, director of the Dental Hygiene Program at PRCC. "They get clinical experience working with patients, it gets their skills toned, patient rapport. And it's wonderful for the Boys and Girls Club, because they get a cleaning, fluoride and examination today," she said.

"We haven't seen many children and we've seen a lot of adults, so, it's good for us to see mixed dentition, primary teeth, permanent teeth," said Courtney Cooper, one of the PRCC students.

"The benefits of doing this is teaching children good oral hygiene care and it's also good to start them off young so they can develop those habits into their adult years," said Jeanne Saavedra, another student.

The event was co-sponsored by the South Mississippi Dental Society.

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