Free dental event treats 43 people

Five adults and 38 children received free dental checkups through the Boys & Girls Club in Costa Mesa over the weekend, according to a news release.

The children, mostly affiliated with the Boys & Girls Club, and Rea, Wilson and Pomona elementary schools, and the adults also got restorative treatments, like fillings, extractions and cleanings.

The Leadership Tomorrow Class of 2013 organized and hosted the free dental-care project with the sponsorship of the Orange County Dental Society and Boys & Girls Club.

"The club is so grateful to Leadership Tomorrow and the Orange County Dental Society because without this effort, most of these children will go through their younger years with no dental care," said club director Steve Lampron. "Plus, getting parents involved helps to raise awareness about the importance of dental care."

Dentist and Leadership Tomorrow class member Brian Green agreed.

"Educating parents about dental care is the first step in preventing what can become serious dental diseases down the road," he said. "A little knowledge goes a long way."

The day included games and educational literature.

Professional dentists donated their time through the Orange County Dental Society Dental Health Foundation, which assists in providing underserved Orange County residents with access to dental care.

The Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Irvine chambers of commerce sponsor Leadership Tomorrow, a group of business people, community activists and public sector employees selected annually for a nine-month community leadership program.

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