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.

Otto Bremer Foundation Awards $120,000 to NDSCS Foundation

Funds will be used to upgrade College’s dental clinic technology in Wahpeton

The Otto Bremer Foundation, majority owner of Bremer Bank, recently donated $120,000 to the North Dakota State College of Science Alumni Foundation. The funds will be used to update the technology and facilities in the NDSCS Allied Dental Education Clinic in Wahpeton, N.D.

“Bremer’s generosity will provide a substantial amount of technology to our dental clinic,” said NDSCS President John Richman. “Donations such as these offer our students hands-on training with the most relevant technologies and also assist the college in adding great value to the classroom experience and ultimately, the state’s workforce.”

Through the combination of donation, grant and fundraising dollars, the NDSCS dental department will be able to upgrade dental chairs and technology, reach more of the community to provide general services and help an increased number of underserved children at the annual Give Kids a Smile event.

“The Otto Bremer Foundation and Bremer Bank are committed to building healthy communities in Breckenridge and Wahpeton,” said Jana Berndt, president of Bremer Bank in Breckenridge, Minn. “It’s gratifying that our owner and partner, the Otto Bremer Foundation, has offered its backing to this great organization, which provides critical services to support the overall health of our communities. These dollars would not be available without the support of our Bremer Bank clients. When clients bank with Bremer, we generate profits, a portion of which we deliver to the Foundation, which then uses those funds to make grants in communities like Wahpeton and Breckenridge.”

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“Give Kids a Smile” day returns to NDSCS

NDSCS Allied Dental Education Clinic will be participating in the annual American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) Day on February 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the NDSCS Dental Clinic in Wahpeton, N.D.  This nationwide event designates a day for free dental care for those ages three to 20 who may have difficulty accessing dental care.  The clinic will be providing dental care to families with limited financial resources.

Services provided may include basic restorative procedures, simple extractions and patient exams. NDSCS Dental Students will perform cleanings, radiographs, sealants, fluoride application and oral health education. Over $20,000 worth of donated services was provided to local children in 2011 with the help of volunteers, local and regional dentists, hygienists, assistants and the NDSCS Dental Education Department staff and students.

“We are looking forward to helping children again this year and our goal is very simple – to provide quality dental services to those in need. We really are looking to give children, and their families, a reason to smile,” commented NDSCS GKAS Program Coordinator Lucinda Johnson.

All patients must have appointments in advance.  To schedule an appointment, contact the Allied Dental Education Clinic at 701-671-2333.