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  • Smiles All Around at Fort Worth Campus During Inaugural "Safe Smiles" Event

    Contributed by Joy Cornwell, Campus Librarian

    On June 11, 2011, Remington College - Fort Worth Campus and its Dental Assisting program held its first-ever "Safe Smiles" event, which provided an opportunity for local families to help protect and enhance their overall oral health. The inaugural event hosted 18 adults and 36 children.

    Parents had the opportunity to have a toothprint made of each of their child's teeth. The Toothprints® process is another name for a bite impression, which is an accurate method of identifying someone, should the need ever arise.

    Our Fort Worth Campus set up several activities and stations, including an "Introduction to Toothprints" station, a dental treatment area (where children had their toothprints taken), a presentation on "Brushing and Flossing the Right Way," and a treasure room, which was decorated with balloons and where children were guided to pick up their commemorative event T-shirt and to color a picture for entry into the Campus's Safe Smiles Coloring Contest.

    Each child was also given an information goody bag that included an oral hygiene kit complete with toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste.

    Dental Assisting students Amy Ortiz and Rebecca Reed agreed, "It's important for kids to learn the proper way to take care of their teeth, because a smile speaks a thousand words."

    Fort Worth's Dental Assisting students pitched in by volunteering their time to organize this event, with leadership from Lead Dental Instructor Bill Smith and Dental Instructor Mark Kimbrell. "Each student worked really hard to make this our first successful Safe Smiles program. Many of the students' positive comments proved to me how important this experience was, not only to our community but also to our students, because it helped to show them how easy and rewarding it is to give back," said Mr. Smith.