Valdosta Daily Times

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July 16, 2010

Kids get free dental screenings

VALDOSTA — The grad chapter of Phi Beta Sigma partnered with Colgate Friday to give free dental screenings to Valdosta youth.

The event was sponsored by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority at the Mildred Hunter Center on South Fry Street.

Over 100 children between the ages of 5 and 14 from the center’s summer camp program were screened and educated on good dental hygiene by Colgate Coordinator and Administrator James Moten, Dr. Toya Greene of Atlanta and Valdosta dentist Dr. Stanley Marable of Marable Dentist Center.

The portable Colgate van was set up like a mini dentist office, including a waiting area with a TV. The children went one at a time to the dentist chair for their screening. Moten said each child would be screened for any possible gum disease and decay. He interacted with the children and asked them questions about their teeth and overall health. One thing he asked the children was what kind of toothbrush they should be using and how many times a day should they brush their teeth.

Marable said each child would be sent home with the results from the screening and a goodie bag with various items. He said he participates in these free screening events two to three times per year.

Ronald Skrine of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity said the organization wanted to do something for the kids in the community and contacted the Colgate Company.

“We hope to be able to incorporate this again later this year with another event,” he said. “It’s about the kids and making sure they are properly educated about their health. Our motto is ‘Culture for Service, Service for Humanity.”  Andre Newsome, center supervisor, said this is an outstanding program to have in the community.

“We will have this again,” he said, “and we want all the community children to come. Learning about good dental hygiene while you’re young is very important.”

Sgt. Chris Feuerstein of the Valdosta Fire Department was also at the event teaching the children about fire safety.

Colgate has eight dental vans in the U.S., Greene said.

She covers the southern regions of Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

The company is based out of Atlanta.

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