Raleigh school offers free, discounted dental care

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A dentist and three dental hygienists provided the services all day Wednesday.

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Dozens of students are getting free or discounted dental care at PreEminent Charter School in Raleigh.

"Smile Programs...the mobile dentists" started the clinic at the school Tuesday and will continue until Thursday. Students can get dental work including cleanings, sealants, and X-rays.

"It is going to help me a lot because when I go home and I eat and I brush my teeth, it's not going to bleed anymore," said 8-year-old Dayanara Trejo-Hernandez, a PreEminent Charter School student who got dental services today.

A dentist and three dental hygienists provided the services all day Wednesday. Smile Programs accepts insurance, Medicaid, or parents can pay discounted rates. Those who can't afford to pay can apply for a grant for free dental work.

"We found that a lot of the children that we see don't go to a dentist regularly or have never seen a dentist so they have to come to school so that's why our program works," said Candice Chambers, of Smile Programs... the mobile dentists. "We bring dental services to them here."

Parents need to enroll students through the school. This is the program's last school visit of the year. For more information on other school visits, go to www.mobiledentists.com.

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