Fort Worth Dental Assisting Program Holds “Safe Smiles” Event

Contributed by Haley Kral, Campus Librarian

Kneeling L to R: Jessica LaPorte, Melissa Lira, Heather Atherton. Middle L to R: Lauren Jawowzyk, Brianna Lizarraga, Tiffany Davis, Janet Lundy, Rhonda Abbott. Back L to R: Maytoya Williams, Elizabeth Gonzales, Yajaira Vazques, Andy Garcia, Ashlee Verzinski.

Kneeling L to R: Jessica LaPorte, Melissa Lira, Heather Atherton. Middle L to R: Lauren Jawowzyk, Brianna Lizarraga, Tiffany Davis, Janet Lundy, Rhonda Abbott. Back L to R: Maytoya Williams, Elizabeth Gonzales, Yajaira Vazques, Andy Garcia, Ashlee Verzinski.

This past spring, Dental Assisting students and faculty at our Fort Worth Campus hosted their annual Safe Smiles event. Safe Smiles invites families from the community to learn more about dental hygiene and provides a service called ToothPrinting for children.

This year, 45 people participated in the Safe Smiles event, and 12 Dental Assisting students donated their time to help with the day’s activities.

Attendees learned how to brush their teeth properly, and children were able to practice brushing on typodonts. Everyone in attendance received complimentary toothbrushes and toothpaste so that they could practice their brushing skills at home.

One of the most important aspects of the Safe Smiles event is ToothPrinting. The process involves taking children’s dental imprints to provide an identification method in the case of emergency. An added benefit is that unwashed imprints capture saliva, which can be used as a scent source for tracking dogs, should a child go lost or missing. The child’s DNA can also be extracted from the saliva sample.

Our Fort Worth Dental Assisting students bagged and labeled the ToothPrints, which were taken by the families to be kept somewhere safe inside their homes.

Participants also enjoyed activities including a hula hoop event and a coloring contest, along with complimentary hot dogs and drinks. Our students voted on the coloring contest winners for each age group. Everyone seemed to enjoy the hula hoops, and several children wowed the crowd with their hula-hooping skills. Participants even got to take home complimentary Safe Smiles T-shirts as a wonderful reminder of a fun and educational day at our Fort Worth Campus.

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