Edgewood ISD students to receive free dental care Feb. 9 at UT Dentistry

Dental care for children

Media contacts: Will Sansom, UT Health Science Center, (210) 567-3026, sansom@uthscsa.edu

Keyhla Calderon-Lugo, Edgewood Independent School District, (210) 862-9655, keyhla.calderon-lugo@eisd.net

WHAT:            About 300 Edgewood Independent School District second-graders will receive preventive care from dental students and student hygienists from UT Health San Antonio’s School of Dentistry during a free dental clinic to be held in conjunction with National Children’s Dental Health Month. The screenings will be held at UT Dentistry, the university’s dental practice.

                        This will be the second and final day of the preventive screenings for Edgewood students, with about 600 second-graders in all receiving preventive care from dental students and dental hygienists supervised by UT Health San Antonio faculty dentists.

WHEN:           9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 9

WHERE:         UT Dentistry, 8210 Floyd Curl Drive. UT Dentistry is the clinical practice of the School of Dentistry at UT Health San Antonio.

WHO:             Main spokespersons are Dr. Gary Guest and Dr. Mark Littlestar for interviews in English; Dr. Marianela Villarreal will be giving Spanish-language interviews.

A representative from Edgewood Independent School District also will be available for comment. A parent spokesperson also may be available. Children whose parents have given permission may be photographed or videoed.

DETAILS:       This is the 15th year the School of Dentistry has provided preventive oral health care for Edgewood ISD students.

In February 2017, 722 children were evaluated and 83 were referred to dentists in community health clinics for follow-up urgent care. The sealants provided in 2017 had a value of $64,209 based on $51 per sealant and $193,676 in professional services to place them, based on average private dental practice fees. These services were provided to the Edgewood students at no cost.

Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc. provided a grant of $15,000 for the sealants and other dental materials used in this year’s two dental clinics.

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Edgewood Independent School District provides an exceptional learning experience that engages, empowers and prepares students to compete and reach their highest potential in an ever-changing world.

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