February 27, 2014
WMTW aired a story on February 26, 2014, about a visit that UNE’s College of Dental Medicine (CDM) students took to Riverton Elementary School in Portland as part of National Children’s Dental Health Month.
More than a dozen CDM students visited with first-, second-, and third-graders to teach about the importance of good oral health and presented the children with lunch boxes containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss. The distribution of the boxes is part of a national children’s oral health initiative called “Lessons in a Lunchbox.”
Ron Chenette, D.M.D., M.P.H., associate clinical professor, accompanied the students and noted that the visit to Riverton Elementary was the first outreach activity for UNE’s new dental school, as a whole. “It was just a perfect way to get started in the state of Maine. We certainly hope to expand our services in the future,” he stated.