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Dental Team Saving Teeth, School Days, in Districts with High Need

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (School News Network) – Fluoride flavor was a concern for Analashia Reid, a Wyoming Public Schools West Elementary second grader, during her recent dental cleaning.

“It’s bubblegum,” said, Jeanette VanOeffelen a dental hygienist.

“I like bubblegum,” said a reassured Analashia, hoping to avoid mint flavor.

At West Elementary School alone, 320 of about 600 students, recently received full dental exams, x-rays, cleaning services, fluoride treatments and, if needed, sealants, through Cherry Health, a non-profit community health organization that has provided free dental care to students since 1992.

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