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Lanier Tech event provides free dental care for students by volunteers
Lanier Technical College Senior Clinic Coordinator Vanessa Jones, right, and Caitlin Ortega clean a child’s teeth Friday morning at the school’s Oakwood campus. The event, Give Kids a Smile, brought in 162 children from Hall County schools to Lanier Technical College to receive care by volunteers from the local dental community and dental hygiene and dental assisting students. The event is designed to serve children in need of dental services including examinations, cleanings, sealants and simple restorative care. It was second consecutive year that Lanier Tech has held the event in its dental hygiene clinic. Dr. Ryan Vaughn and his office staff with Kid’s Dentistry of North Georgia organized the event.

More than 150 Hall County students now have a great reason to flash those pearly whites.

The Give Kids a Smile event, held Friday at Lanier Technical College’s Oakwood campus, offered routine dental cleanings plus some more extensive work to select children, all free of charge.

“These kids are receiving all kinds of free care,” said David Byers, dental hygiene program director at the college. He said the children were identified by school nurses and guidance counselors as being in need of the services.

Along with routine cleanings, other dental problems were identified. Some students received simple extractions or some basic restorative procedures.

A total of 162 Hall County children received dental care.

“Here at Lanier Tech, we’re just excited that we can use our facility with our dental equipment,” Byers said. “We can open it up so we can have just one base location for everybody to be seen and keep everything running smoothly.

“I’m just tickled because today, everything seemed to flow pretty smoothly. It got pretty busy, but busy was OK because we were still moving kids in and getting the treatment provided that they needed.”

Byers gave credit to Ryan Vaughn and the team with Kid’s Dentistry of North Georgia for organizing the event. About 150 area dental professionals donated their time and supplies for the event, Byers said.

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