The UNM School of Medicine Divisions of Dental Hygiene and Dental Services and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association are joining together on June 18 to offer 180 children between the ages of three and five their first-ever teeth cleaning.

At the event, which will be held from 2-5 p.m., dental hygiene students, dental residents and professionals will be offering services to local underserved children and their families during the “Healthy Smiles Community Service Event and Open House.”

The children, most of whom are participants at City of Albuquerque Child Development Centers, will travel to UNM as a field trip to will receive dental hygiene cleanings, dental examinations, oral health education and preventative tools while their families can find information on ways to improve the family’s oral health within the home.

The event will also help to teach the importance of the role that dental hygienists play in oral healthcare.

The event will also mark the first of the seven-day American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s 85th Annual Session being held in Albuquerque this week. Throughout the session, participants will engage in workshops and forums designed to educate and inspire those working in dental hygiene.

Projects like “Healthy Smiles Children’s Clinical Outreach” are important in the development of good dental habits. Oral healthcare behaviors develop at a young age so it is important for children to learn the proper ways to take care of their teeth to insure that their smiles last a lifetime.

A post event reception will also be held from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., to l serve as an opportunity to network with local dental hygienists, stakeholders in oral health, and leadership from the New Mexico Dental Hygienists’ Association and American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

The general public is also encouraged to attend and participate in both events.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322