NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans partnered with TeamSmile, a dental care non-profit, to provide 350 Metro Nashville Public School students with dental treatment and instruction Tuesday at Nissan Stadium.
Titans partner with TeamSmile, a dental care non-profit, to provide 350 Metro Nashville Public School students with dental treatment and instruction. (Photos: Susanna Nickell)
TeamSmile pairs oral health professionals with professional sports organizations across the country to afford complimentary oral health assessments and treatments to children in need. From simple teeth cleaning to extractions and root canals, all services are performed by professional dental hygienists volunteering their time.
By partnering with professional sports organizations like the Titans, TeamSmile is able to offer these services, which are often intimidating to children, in a fun and non-threatening environment.
Kicker Ryan Succop was on-hand to visit with children during the event. Succop, a TeamSmile veteran, has been involved with the program since his time in Kansas City, where the non-profit originated seven years ago.
Titans cheerleaders Abbey and Travona were also in attendance, encouraging children as they received treatment.
An estimated $85,000 in dental services was provided to students at no cost through Tuesday's event.
In addition to dental services, children were provided with instruction on good hygiene. Each child was sent home with information on treatment(s) received, as well as instruction for follow-up care and information on local dental practices.