Give Kids a Smile day provides nearly $11,000 in free dental care

Give Kids a Smile®day at the North Dakota State College of Science provided free dental care worth nearly $11,000 to 40 area youth in early February at the NDSCS Wahpeton Campus.

Local and regional dentists, hygienists and assistants spent the day with NDSCS Allied Dental Education faculty and students to help provide services to area children in need. Services included dental exams, radiographs, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants and fillings.

“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 40 students and five faculty and staff members from the NDSCS Dental Education team to ensure each child received a high level of dental care.

Volunteers included: dentists: Dr. Steven Diekman of West Fargo, N.D., Dr. Travis Olson of Fargo, N.D., Dr. Francis Zeck, Jr. of Lisbon, N.D., and Dr. Kenneth Weidman of Breckenridge, Minn.; hygienists: Barb Nelson and Brittany Summerville of Breckenridge, Minn., Judy McDougall and Kirsten Lathrop of Wahpeton, N.D., and Kimberly Yineman of Bismarck, N.D.  Donations were received from ADA/Henry Schein, Patterson Dental, North Dakota Dental Foundation, the participating dentists and the NDSCS Dental Department.

The total service value was estimated at $10,988.

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