Wisconsin Dental Association: Children to receive $30,000 in donated care at 12th annual Head Start Dental Day

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MILWAUKEE, Sept. 28, 2010 – Approximately 600 preschool children in Waukesha and Milwaukee counties will receive $30,000 in free dental exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments and personal oral hygiene instruction provided by volunteer dental professionals, students and faculty this Saturday, Oct. 2 during the 12th annual Head Start Dental Day.

An estimated 550 children enrolled in Milwaukee Public Schools and Social Development Commission Head Start programs will receive care from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Marquette University School of Dentistry, 1801 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Another 50 preschoolers will be welcomed at Waukesha County Technical College dental hygiene clinic, 800 Main St. in Pewaukee from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This annual oral health care and education event has provided more than 5,000 children with dental exams and care since 1999.

Head Start Dental Day is organized by representatives of the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Hygienists’ Association, Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic, Milwaukee Area Health Education Center and the MPS and SDC Head Start programs.

More than 200 volunteer dentists and dental hygienists, along with student clinicians and dental hygiene faculty from MUSOD, WCTC and Milwaukee Area Technical College will participate. Volunteers from MPS and Milwaukee and Waukesha county Head Start programs also will help out.

Supplies are provided by Henry Schein Dental and Omnii/3M. WDA Insurance & Services, Corp. will provide lunch for volunteers at MUSOD.

“This charitable outreach helps Head Start youngsters comply with the preschool program’s annual dental exam requirement and dental professionals get an opportunity to examine uninsured and underserved children. Dental and dental hygiene students also gain valuable clinical experience,” says Dr. Tom Raimann, event chair and a trustee for the Wisconsin Dental Association’s Greater Milwaukee Region.

The Wisconsin Dental Association was established in 1870. With more than 2,900 members statewide, the WDA represents 83 percent of all licensed, practicing dentists in the state. Members are committed to promoting professional excellence and quality oral health care. The WDA has offices in West Allis and Madison. The Greater Milwaukee Dental Association serves Milwaukee County. For more information on the WDA, call 414-276-4520, visit WDA.org and find us on Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.