Mobile dentist office to visit 26 schools

LAWRENCEVILLE - Students at 26 Gwinnett County schools will receive a visit next month from a mobile dentist.

Without leaving school, students can receive a full dental exam, including X-rays and cleaning, as well as sealants and cavity fillings from Help a Child Smile, said Nancy Kimner, a spokeswoman for the program.

"We're a full dental office on wheels," Kimner said.

Permission slips will be delivered to the schools Monday, and students will receive the forms that week, Kimner said. Forms should be completed by parents or guardians and returned to the school by Dec. 14, but Kimner said, "it's never too late to return a form."

All children, even those who have been treated before, will need a permission slip to receive an exam. Help a Child Smile will return in six months for follow-up exams, and permission slips will be reissued at that time.

Students who need root canals or surgery will be referred to other dentists or pedodontists, Kimner said. Children are never sedated by Help a Child Smile, but they are sometimes given local anesthetics for fillings.

Sloan Roach, the spokeswoman for Gwinnett County Public Schools, said participation in the program is voluntary and beneficial.

Some Barrow County students will be receiving permission slips in January, said Charlsie Smith of Hope-Beckham, a public relations firm that represents the dental program.

Help a Child Smile accepts most insurance.

Help a Child Smile will be visiting the following schools in January:

•J.A. Alford Elementary

•Annistown Elementary

•Beaver Ridge Elementary

•Benefield Elementary

•Bethesda Elementary

•Cedar Hill Elementary

•Corley Elementary

•Harbins Elementary

•Harmony Elementary

•R.D. Head Elementary

•G.H. Hopkins Elementary

•Kanoheda Elementary

•Knight Elementary

•Lilburn Elementary

•McKendree Elementary

•Meadowcreek Elementary

•Mountain Park Elementary

•Nesbit Elementary

•Simonton Elementary

•Susan Stripling Elementary

•Sugar Hill Elementary

•Richard Hull Middle

•Lilburn Middle

•Pinckneyville Middle

•Louise Radloff Middle

•Summerour Middle