Ingrid Gonzales, 6, shows third-year dental student Jon Isaacson her teeth at the annual UNMC College of Dentistry Children's Dental Day on Feb. 2. (Photo by Margaret Cain.)
Ingrid Gonzales, 6, shows third-year dental student Jon Isaacson her teeth Feb. 2 at the annual UNMC College of Dentistry Children's Dental Day. (Photo by Margaret Cain.)

The UNMC College of Dentistry provided dental care valued at $114,000 to 134 children from eight Nebraska communities during the annual Children’s Dental Day event held at the college in Lincoln on Feb. 2.

This year children from Crete, Columbus, Hastings, Grand Island, Fremont, Omaha, Lincoln and Wakefield received care that included: cleanings, X-rays, fluoride varnish, extractions, sealants, fillings, root canals and stainless steel crowns.

All of the children participating in the event are identified and pre-screened in their communities by volunteers, including school nurses, members of faith-based organizations, Head Start, dentists and dental hygienists.

These volunteers donate their time to identify needy children, provide oral health screenings that indicate the type of care the children will need when they come to the college, and in many cases, come with the children for emotional support and translation services.

The following is a breakdown of the day:

  • Number of children seen: 134
  • Number of procedures: 1,142
  • Dollar value of procedures: Approximately $117,693
  • Average dollar value per child: Approximately $880