POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Some first-year dental hygiene students at Pearl River Community College became teachers for a couple of hours Friday morning as they gave some valuable tips on dental care to about two dozen children from the Salvation Army's Boys and Girls Club.
It was done as part of, "National Give Kids a Smile Day."
The PRCC students cleaned and examined their young patients' teeth free-of-charge and they demonstrated how to properly brush teeth.
The students said it gave them valuable experience in working with children.
"For me, this is part of why I want to be a hygienist," said Andrea Donovan, one of the PRCC students. "I want to help people, I want to help children, I want to teach people about oral health and how important it is," she said.
"It's just a great opportunity for us to meet with the children, teach them the importance of dental hygiene, oral care," said Adam Boargoub, another PRCC student. "This is an important stage in (the child's) life, when they're getting rid of their baby teeth and starting to grow in their permanent teeth, something that will affect them for the rest of their life," he said.
The annual event was co-sponsored by the South Mississippi Dental Society.