Tooth decay is the most widespread chronic health problem facing our community’s children! More than 51 million school hours are lost annually due to tooth decay. Communities In Schools of Houston (CIS) addresses this overwhelming issue through collaboration with community partners and coordination of dental care services in various communities throughout Houston.

Hundreds of CIS students, many of whom have never seen a dentist before, had a reason to smile last Friday after they received much-needed dental services at the “Give Kids A Smile” event made possible by University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) School of Dentistry in partnership with the American Dental Association-Greater Houston Chapter. More than 200 CIS students from Houston, Spring Branch and Alief Independent School District campuses received dental care at UTHealth School of Dentistry. The dentists-in-training provided students with teeth cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, crowns, root canals, extractions, fillings and more.

Children receiving dental work were all referred by a parent, teacher, nurse or the CIS Project Manager on their campus. All care is provided at no cost to families.

Now in its 20th year, CIS’ Project MOVE Dental (Mobile Operations Vehicle for Everybody) serves 1400 of the community’s most under-served students annually with crucial dental care. CIS’ Project MOVE Dental, in partnership with the UT School of Dentistry, increases access to quality dental care by bringing much needed dental treatment to students on their school campuses via a state of the art dental van. Therefore, students spend much less time out of school and parents do not even have to miss work!

CIS’ Project MOVE Dental is an important part of the Integrated Student Supports that CIS provides to students and families. CIS believes that by providing Health & Human Services, along with the rest of our 6 Cores Services, we can empower students to stay in school and achieve in life.