Free dental checkups for 100 kids from Virginia Beach technical students

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VIRGINIA BEACH — Smiles are infectious, and this weekend high school dentistry students hope to spread them in Virginia Beach.

One hundred Virginia Beach City Public Schools students will receive free dental checkups from dental assistant students at the Virginia Beach Technical Education Center on Saturday.

The VBTEC helps high school students prepare fore careers in areas like dentistry, carpentry, cosmetology, nursing and welding.

The event, dubbed “Give Kids a Smile Day,” will take place at the center, located at 2925 North Landing Road, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first 100 students to arrive will get a free checkup, including an examination, x-rays, cleaning, fluoride treatments and dental sealants, said center instructor Antoinette Kahan.

Local dentist Sara Albolahrari and VBTEC graduates who have become professional dental hygienists will be there to lend a helping hand, Kahan said.

“This day will also provide parents with the information they need to sign up and receive the benefits early on in their child’s life,” Kahan said. “Dental caries is the most common childhood disease, but because it is so ubiquitous more attention is paid to asthma and peanut allergies.”