Nearly 70 M State Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting students will join with more than 2,000 other dental professionals across Minnesota to Give Kids a Smile by providing free dental care to children on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
Give Kids a Smile is a charitable program coordinated by the Minnesota Dental Association to provide free dental care to low-income children in need during the annual event. M State dental students, dental faculty and volunteers began participating in 2015, and during the past two years’ events they’ve provided preventive care to 105 children.
To schedule an appointment at M State, contact Lori at 218.299.6560.
To participate, patients must be 18 years of age or younger and accompanied by a parent or guardian. The event is meant for children whose families face financial or other challenges accessing dental care, but no eligibility questions are asked.
The services offered at M State include oral hygiene education, cleanings, x-rays, fluoride varnish treatments and dental sealants.
“Each child will leave with a toothbrush, toothpaste and the knowledge of how to take care of their teeth every day,” said M State Dental Program Director Kris Pladson. “This event demonstrates to M State dental program students how important it is to volunteer in their community by providing dental care to children who may otherwise not receive it and to realize the incredible feeling that comes from doing an event such as this one.”
Statewide, numerous clinics will be offering free services through Give Kids a Smile on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4.