School of Dentistry Gives Children a Reason to Smile

More than 250 student, staff and faculty volunteers from the School of Dentistry provided free dental care to 140 children in the school’s pediatric dental clinic on Saturday, February 6. The student-coordinated clinic was part of Give Kids a Smile Day, a national event held each year to provide free dental care for low-income children and call attention to the growing number of people who cannot access dental services. The event attracted children and parents from throughout the Twin Cities to the school’s public dental clinics in Moos Tower.

Each child received an examination and treatment plan. Other services, provided as appropriate, included radiographs, cleanings and fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and emergency and restorative services – including pulpotomies, fillings, crowns, and extractions – prioritized to address the most critical needs first. First-and second-year dental, dental hygiene and dental therapy students helped in registration, served as patient escorts throughout all stops in the treatment process, and assisted third- and fourth-year students and pediatric dentistry residents who treated patients under faculty supervision. Oral health instruction was also provided.

It’s anticipated that the private-practice equivalent value of services provided topped $60,000, a record set last year when 107 children received treatment.

Read more in an article from The Minnesota Daily about Give Kids a Smile Day. Watch the Minnesota Daily's video about the event.

School of Dentistry patient clinics are open to the public and provide the full range of dental services for children and adults. Fees are reduced to reflect the student status of the caregiver. Most dental insurance plans are accepted, including MinnesotaCare, M.A. and GAMC. For appointments, call 612-625-2495.

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