In an effort to promote dental hygiene at an early age, for the fourth year in a row, the Kidz Klinic at Gulf Coast State College is offering free dental care to children ages 3-12. Some of the services include exams, cleanings, and x-rays.
"The earlier, the better, that we can teach them how to take care of their teeth...We like the parents with them in the [room], so they hear what we're explaining. Why it's important to brush their teeth. How often they should brush their teeth," says Leah Rising, a clinic instructor for the dental program.
For many parents, like Katrina Porter who works at Gulf Coast State College, it's extremely convenient to take her daughter to the clinic.
"As a parent, it's incredible that I get to trust who's doing it. And they're extremely flexible. So far, they've been wonderful with her," says Porter.
While the kids learn about how to care for their teeth, students in the dental program learn how to work with younger patients.
"I've learned a lot about how to cope to working with children because it is more difficult with them being wiggly. It's just been great to be able to have this opportunity to give free dental work to all the children in the community twelve and under," says Katy Clark, a dental student at GCSC.
the clinic will last through Thursday...and expects to see more than 100 patients.