Dr. McParland (John S. Dunn Health Center)

About the awarded grant

M.D. Anderson Foundation awarded El Centro a $25,000 grant to provide high quality, comprehensive dental services and improve oral health outcomes for underserved children and adults in Houston’s East End. 

Through its Dental Program, El Centro provides the highest quality of care for the dental management and treatment of oral health conditions, with a strong emphasis on prevention to ensure long-lasting, optimal oral health. El Centro offers a comprehensive range of pediatric and adult dental services, which improve oral health outcomes, reduce the prevalence of dental disease such as gingivitis, and promote good oral health habits.

First dental home exams, cleanings and fluoride varnish are provided for infants, starting at six months of age, while parents are educated about proper pediatric oral health hygiene and diet during CenteringParenting® group well-child visits. El Centro also provides oral health education for expectant women and emphasizes early childhood dental care for children through its CenteringPregnancy® prenatal groups.