Kid’s Dental Program Running From July 26 – July 30 at Ronald McDonald House
In addition to school supplies and clothes, students also need a confident smile as they head back to the classroom this fall. Good oral health is essential to kids’ 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 help create those confident smiles during the 7th annual Smarts & Smiles Back to School Dental Care Fair, happening July 26th – 30th. Appointments are required – call (800) 787-2568 to schedule an appointment.
The Care Mobile, a mobile dental clinic, will be providing dental cleanings, oral health education, and more to local children each day between 8am – 5pm. Children receiving dental treatment will alsoreceive a free backpack full of school supplies. Additionally, on select days and times, vision screenings will be available for children and adults, as well as health and wellness take-home goody-bags.
Dental services are provided to insured and uninsured patients ages 21 and under, regardless of ability to pay. 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 Engelstad Family and Del E. Webb Foundations. Children needing additional dental treatment beyond what is provided during the event will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment.
“During last year’s event, we heard from many parents who had lost jobs, and their dental insurance, due to COVID-19,” says Alyson McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas. “For many families, the Smarts & Smiles event is the only way to get their children’s teeth cleaned before returning to school. We’re here to make sure all kids have healthy smiles in the classroom.”
This year’s event will return to the Las Vegas Ronald McDonald House, located at 2323 Potosi St. Families will be allowed to wait inside the lobby during their children’s appointments. Temperature checks and face masks are required for everyone entering the mobile unit.
The Ronald McDonald House would like to thank Speedway Children’s Charities of Las Vegas for being the presenting sponsor of the 2021 Smarts & Smiles Back to School Dental Care Fair.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities: Believing that every child deserves a comfortable and supportive place to grow, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC ) of Greater Las Vegas creates and supports programs that directly improve the health, education, and well-being of children in our community. We fulfill our mission by providing a “home away from home” at the Ronald McDonald House for families who travel to Las Vegas to receive critical medical treatment for their children and manage programs that serve the immediate needs of children and families in our community. For more information on RMHC of Greater Las Vegas, visit www.rmhlv.org.
About Nevada Health Centers: Nevada Health Centers (NVHC) is a non‐profit, Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC) dedicated to providing access to quality health care throughout Nevada since 1977. NVHC operates more than 17 health centers throughout Nevada, which include three mobile programs, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile , NVHC Mammovan and the Nevada Children’s Health Project. General information about Nevada Health Centers is available on the company website at: http://www.nvhealthcenters.org.