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Dr. Stacy Laiminger and skilled staff members from The Clinic at Community Dental offered full dental checkups at Lincoln and Garnet Mesa elementary schools. The service was optional and open to all students.

The in-school program is called KIDZ GRINS. Community Dental brought an array of portable equipment, including a digital X-ray machine, to the schools to facilitate complete oral check-ups. After X-rays and an exam by Dr. Laiminger, a dental hygienist cleaned the kids' teeth and the kids were educated about healthy oral practices. They were given a goody bag that will make it easy for them to make brushing and flossing a regular habit.

Fluoride treatments were given and sealants were applied to permanent molars, if the kids didn't have any cavities. A letter was sent to each child's home with the dentist's findings and a treatment plan. Parents can seek follow-up care from their family dentist or at Community Dental, which is based in Montrose.

"If they have their own dentist, we'll pass along the X-rays and treatment plan," said one of Community Dental's providers. "If they don't have a dentist, we would love to be their dental home."

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