DCTC Dental Assistant student Laura Barley shows Zina the proper way to brush her teeth.
Smiles were a little brighter around Dakota County Technical College on Feb. 2, as the Dental Assisting program provided dental care services to more than 45 children during Give Kids A Smile.
The event is organized by the American Dental Association and is a nationwide charitable outreach to children in low-income families, providing services such as dental cleaning, fluoride, x-rays, and restorative dental care.
Eighteen students volunteered for the program, along with a registered dental assistant Deb Erickson of Lakeville, Dr. Judy Pedro-Lim of Eagan, and DCTC instructors Diana Sullivan and Jaime Pieper.
“This is a great event for us and the community. Everyone involved gets to feel good because of the smiles we see throughout the day,” said Sullivan.
One of the people smiling was Kristen Lang, who brought her son and daughter, Clayton and Kaylynn, after hearing about it through their school.
“My daughter had a bad experience with the dentist not long ago. This gives her the chance to have a positive experience and be around other kids who are undergoing the same thing,” said Lang.
DeVonna Brasson also had reason to smile, as Give Kids A Smile allows her to get all seven of her children to the dentist at the same time.
“Trying to schedule seven kids to go to the dentist is difficult, especially since most dental offices only have appointments available on the weekdays. This is a great way to get my kids in all at once.”