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Taguig kids enjoy world-class free dental care, says Mayor Lani

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Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano has expressed her gratitude to the Volunteers from Kids International Dental Services (KIDS9 for the continuous effort of the organization to promote proper dental care to the disadvantaged children worldwide.

“Taguig is really blessed to be chosen as a beneficiary and be a part of KIDS’ vision in providing free dental services around the world,” the city mayor added.

KIDS teamed up with the local government of Taguig in holding a weeklong dental mission in Taguig last February 20 to 25.

KIDS is a non-profit, volunteer organization in the United States founded in 2009 by Dr. Robert P. Renner, a retired prosthodontist and Professor Emeritus at the University of New York in Stony Brook.

It is an organization of volunteer dentists, students, and various professionals working toward improving the oral health of impoverished children worldwide.

This is the eighth time KIDS has done a dental mission in the Philippines as part of its aim to promote dental health in areas of the world where access to quality dental care is difficult. KIDS treats around 1,000 patients in the country every year.

University of California Professor and KIDS Board Member Dr. Ignatius Gerodias, said one of the organization’s goals is to come back each year to provide a consistent source of dental care to kids in need.

The dental missions were held at the Ususan Elementary School in Brgy. Ususan, R.P. Cruz Elementary School in Brgy. New Lower Bicutan, C.P. Tinga Elementary School in Brgy. Hagonoy, Capt. J. Cardones Elementary School in Brgy. South Signal, Kapt. Eddie T. Reyes Integrated School (KERIS) in Brgy. Pinagsama and at Alay Pag-asa Christian Foundation in Mandaluyong City.

More than 200 kids per day were given free dental checkup, fluoride treatment, and tooth extraction. The children were also educated on the importance and methods of proper dental care.#