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June 2, 2009

Clark County dentists participate in successful Give Kids A Smile

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When officers of the Clark County Dental Society sat down with other members of the local dental community to consider a first ever Children’s Dental Health Day, they decided to do it big. On Feb. 10 more than 300 children of low-income families were seen in 10 hours by a well-coordinated team of 160 volunteers, including 40 dentists.

The Dental Hygiene School of Clark College made its facility available, including a 26-chair clinic, x-ray heads and classrooms. Children were screened in the classrooms and directed to other locations for appropriate care. Clark College hygiene students placed sealants outside the clinic in the Free Clinic Dental Van. Inside, children received needed fillings, stainless steel crowns, pulpotomies, and endodontic treatment on permanent teeth. Two oral surgeons were kept busy removing unrestorable teeth.

Students from the Clark County Vocational Skills Center assisted dentists, and bilingual dental hygiene and dental assisting students served as translators for Russian and Spanish-speaking families.

GIVES KIDS A SMILE:

Dentists in Washington Provide Oral Health Education to Children and Donate Thousands of Dollars in Free Care

Throughout February, WSDA member dentists and their staff participated in the ADA’s annual Give Kids A Smile event by educating, screening and treating the state’s underserved children. Dentists and their staff have reported the following GKAS events.


Snohomish County Dental Society teams-up with Sno-IsleSkills Center

During the first two weeks of February, the Snohomish County Dental Society joined forces with the Sno-Isle Skills Center dental assisting program for their 16th annual National Children’s Dental Health/Give Kids A Smile month.

Dental assistants gave classroom presentations on dental health to third and fourth graders in Snohomish County, distributed goody bags containing a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss, and encouraged students to create posters illustrating the basics of good dental health which will be displayed in the downtown Everett Library during March.

Issaquah dentists and staff donate $20,000 of free dentistry

Drs. Barry Feder, Dewitt Randall and staff, of Issaquah, provided free dental services to area children on Feb. 7 in recognition of the Give Kids A Smile program. Oral surgeons, orthodontists and endodontists also provided services, including Drs. Scott Clayhold, Art Vikari, Craig Johnston, Chris Manley, Mike Hawkins, Kristi Detwiler and Willis Gabel. A total of $20,000 of free dentistry was donated.

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