MANKATO - A New Ulm youngster was among more than 100 children who took advantage of a free dental care clinic at the Minnesota State University, Mankato Dental Clinic last Thursday and Friday.
Ethan Thomas of New Ulm was seen last Thursday by MSU Dental Hygiene students Taija Truebenbach of Nicollet and Arlington's Janessa Ide as part of the national "Give Kids a Smile" campaign sponsored by the American Dental Association.
For the seventh year, MSU students, faculty, staff and volunteer dentists, hygienists and assistants from area dental offices provided dental services to children and adults in the lower level of Morris Hall.
New Ulm’s Ethan Thomas, center, smiles as Minnesota State University Mankato seniors Taija Truebenbach of Nicollet, left, and Janessa Ide of Arlington, right, see him Feb. 5 at the children’s dental clinic.
The university reported 104 children received free cleaning, x-rays, fluoride treatment and sealants in the program.
The MSU Dental Department, which includes Assistant Professor Nancy S. Thomas of New Ulm, offered free dental exams and x-rays for adults on Feb. 6.
The project was inspired by concern over a growing number of children who are unable to access needed dental care, according to an MSU news release.
More than 47,000 dental team volunteers treated more than 480,000 children at 1,888 locations with chair-side education, preventative and restorative care across the nation last year.
(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org)