Feb 3, 2011

Giving kids a smile

Melissa Quintana of Brainerd cleaned the teeth of Kheldon Stich, 6, at Give Kids a Smile Day Thursday (Feb. 3) in the Community Dental Clinic at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. The annual Minnesota Dental Association event throughout the state provides free dental services to about 7,000 children age 3-18, many of them experiencing their first dental exam. CLC students such as Melissa in the 11-month Dental Assisting diploma program are involved each year. Dentists volunteering services for the two-day event were William Beasley, Grace Shin, John Collier, William Stein, Jeffrey Hiebert, Craig Johnson, Clinton Roberts, Arnold Rutman, and John Gorton, the latter at Staples Friday only. Non-dentist professionals participating were Licensed Dental Hygienists Marcia Schroeder, Rose Schumacher, and Marie Johnshoy, Licensed Dental Assistants Ashley Czech and Deanna Maier, and receptionist Nancy Simenstad.