Creating confident smiles as kids head back to school

The Ronald McDonald Care mobile hosts the 10th annual Smarts & Smiles Back To School dental care fair

Who: Ronald McDonald Care Mobile & Nevada Health Centers

What: 10th Annual Smarts & Smiles Back to School Dental Care Fair

When: Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12; Appointments required – call 800.787.2568

Where: Ronald McDonald House – 2323 Potosi St., Las Vegas, NV 89146

Las Vegas – In addition to school supplies and clothes, students also need a confident smile and healthy mouth as they head back to the classroom this fall. Good oral health is essential to children’s overall health and well-being. Their ability to concentrate in the classroom can be negatively affected by oral health issues, such as tooth pain.

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, in partnership with Nevada Health Centers and Speedway Children’s Charities, will create those confident smiles during the 10th Annual Smarts & Smiles Back to School Dental Care Fair, happening July 8-12.

The Care Mobile, a mobile dental clinic, will provide dental and oral health service and education to local children each day between 8am – 5pm. Children receiving dental treatment will also receive a free backpack full of school supplies. Additionally, on select days and times, free vision screenings will be available for children and adults, as well as oral health take-home goody-bags.

Dental services are provided to insured and uninsured patients ages 21 and under, at no cost to families. Nevada Health Centers accepts most dental insurance plans, Medicaid, and Nevada Checkup. Services on the Care Mobile are made possible through generous community grants from donors, including the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation, Cox Charities, and Speedway Children’s Charities of Las Vegas. Appointments are required – call (800) 787-2568 to schedule an appointment.

“For many families whose children are uninsured or on Medicaid, our Smarts & Smiles event is the only way they can get their children’s teeth cleaned and examined at no cost to the families,” said Alyson McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas. “The Care Mobile is here to make sure those kids have healthy mouths and confident smiles as they head back to school.”

This year’s event, once again, will be held at the Las Vegas Ronald McDonald House, located at 2323 Potosi St. near Sahara and Decatur. Families will be allowed to wait inside the lobby during their children’s appointments.

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