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NDSCS' Give Kids a Smile day provides over $20,000 in free dental care

by NDSCS News

Posted on 2/10/2011

Give Kids a SmileŽ day at the North Dakota State College of Science provided free dental care worth over $20,000 to 56 area youth in early February at the NDSCS Wahpeton Campus. NDSCS Allied Dental students worked in conjunction with local and regional dentists, hygienists, assistants and the Dental Education team to provide such services as dental exams, radiographs, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings and extractions.

"It was an exciting, productive day in our dental clinic. The event is a great educational experience for our students and we are so thankful for the help and support of area volunteers. Their time, talent and supplies were critical to the success of this event and we are very fortunate to have their support and assistance," said Lucinda Johnson, NDSCS GKAS Program Coordinator.

Local and regional volunteers teamed up with the 43 students, faculty and staff of the Dental Education team to ensure each child received the highest dental care.

Volunteers include: dentists: Dr. Paula Sabbe and Dr. Judith Schmidt, Wahpeton, N.D.; Dr. Lana Schlecht, Ellendale, N.D.; Dr. Mark Shields, Fargo, N.D.; Dr. Kenneth Weidman, Breckenridge, Minn.; hygienists: Barb Nelson and Brittany Summerville, Breckenridge, Minn.; Judy McDougall and Kirsten Lathrop, Wahpeton, N.D. Donations were received from ADA/Henry Schein, Patterson Dental, North Dakota Dental Foundation and the participating dentists.

The total service value was estimated at $20,221.

About Give Kids a Smile: Give Kids a SmileŽ is an annual event, usually held on the first Friday in February, when thousands of the nation's dentists and their dental team members provide free oral health care services to children from low-income families across the country. The American Dental Association's Give Kids A SmileŽ program enhances the oral health of large numbers of children in need. Give Kids A Smile activities also highlight for policy makers the ongoing challenges that disadvantaged children face in accessing dental care.


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