The waiting room was full and so were the patient rooms at Dental Health Arlington on Friday.
“We’re going to get a look at your teeth here, OK?” Dr. John Avila said to a young patient. “Alright honey, let’s get you to tilt your head up a big for me.”
Avila was one of five dentists, two hygienists, several UT Arlington pre-dental students, and Dental Health Arlington staff who volunteered their time and services for the Dental Health Arlington SMILES free clinic, which is part of the Give Kids a Smile program.
“Maybe their parents are working too hard, not making ends meet,” Avila said. “And so this is just a way to provide dental services for kids.”
From teeth cleanings to filings, x-rays, and extractions, everything was free for the 40 Arlington ISD students identified in need of dental care.
“I know I do this every day, but this is kind of one of those special moments, special days,” hygienist Janet Villalobos said. “I get to set aside some time and help.”
About $20,000 worth of dental care was donated during the free clinic.
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