Minnesota dentists are offering free dental care to children in need on Feb. 1 and 2, 2019. Appointments can be booked now. The Minnesota Dental Association (MDA) has over 1,200 dental professionals volunteering at nearly 100 clinics across the state for Give Kids a Smile.
Finding a clinic with open appointments is as easy as calling United Way 211 (just dial 2-1-1) or by visiting mndental.org. Appointments can then be scheduled directly with the dental office.
Free dental care in Itasca and St. Louis counties is currently being offered at:
• Anderson Family Dental, Coleraine; call 218-245-1278. Services offered: Exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings. Website for directions: www.andersonfamilydentalmn.com. Event date: Thursday, Jan. 31 (note alternate date); office hours 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
• Lake Superior College Dental Hygiene, Duluth; call 218-733-5939. Services offered: Exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions. Website for directions: www.lsc.edu/community resources/ dental-clinic/ give-kids-asmile day/. Event date: Friday, Feb. 1; office hours 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
• Kara Conry Dentistry, Duluth; call 218-481- 7474. Services offered: Exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions. Website for directions: www.karaconrydentistry. com/ contact/. Event date: Friday, Feb. 1; office hours 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Currently there are no clinic listings for Koochiching County. It is recommended to check the list of participating clinics often, as clinics are frequently added and removed. Visit www.mndental.org/ events/give-kidsa smile/patients/ find-a-participating clinic/.
Patients must be 18 years or younger and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Dentists will be providing free exams, fillings and sealants. Specific services provided at each location will be outlined when an appointment is scheduled. Volunteers speaking multiple languages are also available at many locations to help with language barriers.
Among the challenges:
• Tooth decay is the most chronic disease of
children and adolescents;
• Nearly one in five children aged 5 to 11
years old has untreated cavities in their baby
teeth, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
• Well over half of Minnesota children
enrolled in Medicaid have not received dental
services in the past year—with the situation
made worse by Minnesota ranking among
the lowest-in-the-nation for reimbursement of
government dental program fees.
Minnesota dentists have provided free care
to more than 70,000 children and donated
services valued at more than $19.7 million
over the past 16 years to Give Kids a Smile.
The public can also help support the Give
Kids a Smile program by texting Smile25 to
20222 to make a donation of $25.
For more information about the Minnesota
Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile, visit
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month
The February 2019 National Children’s Dental Health Month is brought to you by the ADA. This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. Learn more at www.ada.org.