For many elementary students, a trip to the dentist can be somewhat intimidating.
"Children are really antsy and they are really moving and they are really curious at what you are doing, and some are really scared,” Said ISU Senior, Jennifer Zohner.
To help ease that pain, Seniors at Idaho State University's Dental Hygiene Program will be bringing the dentist office to some of the kids at Greenacres Elementary.
"Just getting experience with the children, getting experience providing this care to them and placing sealants and using the mobile clinic equipment that we have received, so I think that will be fun and that will be interesting to work in a different environment,” added Zohner
Grants from the Ronald McDonald House of Charities and Idaho Power made it possible for ISU to get portable lab equipment to use at the school."
“That allows us to be able to go into the school or into any setting, the nice thing about this is it's a tangible equipment that we can use over and over again for other programs,” Says Assistant ISU Professor, Karen Portillo.
Greenacres was chosen for this program because the majority of students receive free or reduced lunches.
At the end of the day, not only will Greenacres have the opportunity to take advantage of this dental program, but will also form stronger connections with Idaho State University.
"It's exciting especially for some of our kids that come from lower income families, that they will be able to receive some dental care, that they otherwise would not be able to receive,” said principal, Steven Morton.
"I'm excited to be able to give back to our community and let them know that ISU cares and to provide this prevention for them and help them out and prevent cavities,” said Zohner.
For now the program will be focusing on second graders but hopes to expand in the future.