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Dental students help foster children regain their smile.
Updated: 10/25/2012 5:59:29 AM

Dental students help foster children regain their smile.  When adults cannot gain access to affordable dental care, their children often suffer as well. This is a major problem, considering that baby teeth help a child learn to speak and chew, and help their faces develop properly. Also, many children miss days of school due to dental pain.Recently, New York University College of Denistry (NYUCD) and a local foster care agency have shown that one simple way to help these children get the dental care they need is to encourage more pairings between schools and agencies.

According to Healthy Foster Care America, approximately 35 percent of children who enter foster care have significant dental health problems. Having dental students provide care to these children may keep them developing worse oral issues. Dental health professionals involved in the partnership stated that it has been beneficial to both the children and students alike.

"Our exciting partnership with the NYUCD not only addresses a heretofore gap in this service, but also serves as an invaluable tool for the dental students - introducing them to a most vulnerable pediatric population. We are so happy that the children are getting such wonderful care," said Mitchell Rubin, M.D., Medical Director for Graham Windham foster care agency. 

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