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Lanterman Clients Birth to 17 Smiling Brighter Through Give Kids a Smile
On the first Friday in February, Lanterman participated in the Give Kids A Smile annual one-day volunteer initiative to provide education, preventive care and restorative services to children from low-income families who do not have access to care and would not otherwise get the dental care they need.
Dentists Fariborz Rodef, Margaret Paul and Diana Zschaschel, all three with special needs experience, volunteered time away from their practices to provide dental screenings to 62 Lanterman children birth to 17 with special needs whose oral health care needs are underserved. Hygienists Leticia Reyes, RDH; Christina Macasaet, RDA; and Sunny Ivanyi, RDHAP, also volunteered their time.
A total of 75 families and their children attended the dental health event, which also featured:
- Oral Health Education
- Dental Product Information
- Dental Resources
- Dental Goodies
- Techniques for Preparing a Child for a Dental Visit
- Techniques for More Effective Oral Hygiene at Home
In addition to our volunteer dentists and hygienists, Lanterman would like to acknowledge the following staff who volunteered their time to make the Give Kids a Smile event a success: Janet Arellano, Talin Bandarian, Ebony Beasley, Matilde Canada, Nancy Cardenas, Anita Castillo, Ada Del Rio, Silvia Flores, Meeha Hwang, Arpi Khanjian, Alex Kwon, Wilfredo Lazarte, Monica Mauriz, Jacqueline Palacios, Sandy Riancho, Linda Sepulveda, Magaly Sevillano and Jasmin Smith.
“Although Give Kids a Smiles only happens once per year in February, during National Children’s Dental Health Month, dental health plays a key role in overall health and it shouldn’t be ignored the other 364 days of the year,” shares Leticia Reyes, Lanterman’s dental program coordinator and hygienist. “If you have dental-related questions about your child or for that matter if you are an adult client, talk to your Lanterman service coordinator. There are options outside of these free screening events to get needed dental care.”