Big Smiles gives dental checkups at area schools

FRESNO, Calif.

About 30 students took part in a dental check up on campus. Doctors from Big Smiles, a school based program, will visit twenty five schools in Fresno and Clovis Unified School Districts between now and the end of the year.

More than 700 kids are currently signed up for a check up. About 200 will be able to see the dentist for free, thanks to a $25,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente. That grant is given to the Fresno County Office of Education - and goes to covering uninsured and under insured kids.

"They're in school so it's very convenient. They don't have to miss class and it's done fairly quickly, I just got here and they're already done," said Brenda Mendoza, mother.

The dental exam includes teeth cleaning, x rays, fluoride treatments and dental sealants.

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