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Kids in Need Get Free Dental Care

 

Children from across southern Nevada traveled to TPC Summerlin to see a dentist Monday.

The free dental clinic was part of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Golf Tournament. It is the fourth year TeamSmile has put on the event.

About 225 kids in need went to today’s free clinic. For some of the kids, this is the first dentist or hygienist they have seen. Dentists at Monday’s clinic say tooth decay is getting worse which is hurting children’s ability to concentrate.

"We see from baby bottle syndrome where it is rampant decay on the front teeth to rampant decay on the molars where they're having such excruciating pain. It is hard for the kids to take the time and spend time on schoolwork when they're having so much discomfort," Dr. James Frantz with Green Valley Dental Group said.

So far, TeamSmile has provided almost a million dollars in free dental work to low-income students. Each child received several toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste. 

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