NDSCS “Give Kids a Smile” event provides $12,000 in free dental care

The North Dakota State College of Science annual American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile Day provided free dental care worth nearly $12,200 to 45 area children at the NDSCS Allied Dental Education Clinic.

Seven community dental professionals and six NDSCS Allied Dental department faculty and staff teamed up with 32 NDSCS Allied Dental Education students to provide free dental services to area children in February. Services included dental exams, radiographs, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants and fillings. 

“This is always an exciting and productive day for our dental clinic. This event is a great educational experience for our students and we are so thankful for the help and support of area volunteers,” said NDSCS Give Kids a Smile Program Coordinator Lucinda Hanekom. “Their time and skills were critical to the success of this event and we were very fortunate to have had their support and assistance.”

Community volunteers included:
     - Dentists: Dr. Beth Hoge and Dr. Mark Sheils of Fargo, N.D., Dr. Paula Sabbe of Wahpeton, N.D. and Dr. Susan Swanson of Alexandria, Minn.
     - Hygienists: Judy McDougall and Judy Peterson of Wahpeton, N.D. and Barb Nelson of Breckenridge, Minn.

Donations were received from the NDSCS Dental Department, the North Dakota Dental Foundation, 3M Dental and the American Dental Association (Henry Schein, Colgate). The total service value for the day was estimated at $12,130.

The American Dental Association launched the Give Kids a Smile program nationally in 2003 as a way for dentists across the country to join with others in their community to provide dental services to underserved children. The program initially began as a one-day event in February, but has since grown to local and national events year-round. Dentists and other team members volunteer their time and services to provide screenings, treatments and education to children throughout the United States. Each year approximately 450,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events.

Department: Allied Dental Education

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