The service was provided as part of the Give Kids A Smile initiative coordinated by the Tri-County Dental Society.
Every February, as part of the initiative, dentists and other dental care professionals around the country provide free oral health services to low-income children, according to the Tri-County Dental Society's website.
At Western University, dental medicine students, working under the supervision of faculty and staff, provided free dental exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments and other cavity prevention treatments as part of the one-day program.
This is the third year Western University has participated in the program, said Jeff Keating, university spokesman.
Last year, 230 children and teens came through the doors of the university's Dental Center to receive care, he said.
The number was so high that vouchers were issued so some parents could bring back their children and have them seen at the center at a later date, Keating said.
"This year we wanted to be more realistic," Keating said.
So a limit was set to ensure the university could accommodate all of the day's patients.
In addition to providing dental care, Give Kids a Smile affords the dental care providers an opportunity to speak with young patients about the importance of proper dental care that will prevent oral problems in later years.
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