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Colgate Dental Van Pays Visit to Danville Elementary School

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Reporter: James Gherardi l Videographer: R.J. Burnette

Danville, VA - Math, Science, English, and a dental checkup... that's what some students in Danville got Wednesday at school.

The Colgate Dental Van spent the day at Glenwood Elementary giving free dental screenings to more than 100 kids. The Links organization brought the "dentist's office on wheels" to Danville. 

When asked what the doctor said about her teeth, one student replied, "He said he wishes he had teeth like mine."

Carrie Ashe of the Danville Links got the idea when she attended a Links seminar over the summer.

"I came back, had our first meeting, and said we have got to do this for Danville," she said.

After contacting school administrators, Ashe discovered Glenwood would be a perfect fit. While open to anyone, the program aims to provide screenings for under-served children, and if needed, the Links and other local organizations will help pay for a dental visit.

"They told us all about the dental van, the screening of the students, the educational component," said Ashe.

The day didn't stop with screenings. An education component and a visit from the tooth fairy were all a part of the agenda.

"I see the value of the screening, but I see something that's probably just as important, and that's trying to get a comfort level early," said Danville dentist Dr. Zach Hairston.

Hairston jumped at the opportunity to participate. He says early acclamation is key to combatting cavities.

"Having them sit in the chair, look at the light, familiarity, putting on the gloves, all of those things give a comfort level," he said.

The Colgate Van travels throughout the country and screens 8 million kids every year, but The Links hopes this will become a Danville tradition.

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