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'Gain some experience:' MATC students give free dental exams for those living with disabilities

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Going to the dentist can be scary, and sometimes even more so for those living with disabilities. A partnership between Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI) is helping change that. 

On Monday, Oct. 21 those with disabilities and limited access to dental care received free dental exams by dental students from MATC. 

According to a news release, while MCFI and MATC have partnered for a decade providing this care, it’s been just recently that the American Dental Association revised its code of conduct to improve access to dental care for people with a disability.

The event is beneficial for both students and patients. 

"Help the students gain some experience... but also to help our folks become a little more desensitized to having intrusive things done especially at a dentist's office," said Nancy Pickett, director of life services at MCFI. 

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MCFI’s mission is to help people of all ages with disabilities and other barriers to success; the agency has provided life-changing programs to people with disabilities and disadvantages for more than 80 years. For more information, CLICK HERE

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