Ten-year-old Gillian Johnson opened her mouth and, with a tiny brush, dental hygienist Lilian Regalado applied fluoride onto her teeth Tuesday morning at George Washington Elementary School in Burbank.
The fifth-grader was one of roughly 455 students who received free dental services at the “Give Kids a Smile” event, part of National Children’s Dental Health Month.
Kids’ Community Dental Clinic, a Burbank-based nonprofit, visited the campus to provide the students with dental care, including fluoride treatment application and screenings, along with lessons on brushing, flossing and oral hygiene.
“I learned that if your teeth bleed, you should always tell your parents, and I should always brush my teeth two times a day and have lots of water,” Johnson said.
The clinic, founded 13 years ago, is run by two employees and a number of volunteer dentists and hygienists. Located behind McKinley Elementary School, the clinic serves uninsured, low-income youth at roughly $15 per appointment.