Dental students team up to give kids smiles

February 9, 2021

M State Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting students teamed up to put smiles on the faces of 54 children and teen-agers during the annual Give Kids A Smile event Feb. 3 on the Moorhead campus.

This is the seventh year the college’s Dental program has hosted the event, an annual statewide outreach effort by dental professionals who volunteer to provide free dental care to children ages 3-18.

M State volunteers included 39 Dental Hygiene students and 29 Dental Assisting students, along with M State Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene faculty and staff.

“It was a fantastic day with wonderful teamwork,” said Dental program instructor Robin Peltier.

 Kris Pladsen, Dental program director, said the annual event is “a great opportunity for the students to become aware of the dental needs of children in our community and experience the personal fulfillment of giving back.”

Students working with professional faculty completed 51 cleanings, 75 sealants, 42 sets of x-rays and 57 fluoride treatments. Along with preventive dental care, the young patients also received oral hygiene instructions.

In sponsoring the Give Kids A Smile statewide outreach effort, the Minnesota Dental Association demonstrates its members’ commitment to providing all children with dental care and helping eliminate barriers to care throughout Minnesota.

Give Kids A Smile takes place each February, during Children’s Dental Health Month.