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Dental students put a smile on kids' faces

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Pacific University dental hygiene students  Kristen Kintz (back) and Alison Noble teach children proper dental care techniques during the Feb. 2 'Give Kids A Smile' program in Hillsboro.Pacific University’s School of Dental Health Science helped give low-income children in Hillsboro a new smile last week as part of the Washington County Dental Society’s day of complimentary dental care.

The university’s fifth annual “Give Kids A Smile” event was all day Saturday, Feb. 2, on its Hillsboro Eighth Avenue campus. More than 100 Hillsboro-area children received preventative services, such as oral hygiene instruction, routine screenings, teeth cleanings and fluoride treatments, and restorative procedures such as dental fillings.by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Pacific University dental hygiene students Brianna Winter (left) and Ana Plascencia prepare a patient for a dental check and cleaning during last week's volunteer event.

Last year at Pacific, about 80 children received care. This year, an increase in the number of volunteer hygienists and dentists and donations of supplies has allowed the event to accommodate more children.by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Dentist Dr. Renee Guillen prepares a patient for an operation as part of the daylong program at the Pacific University campus in Hillsboro.

Pacific’s dental hygiene students worked with local dental hygienists and dentists who are members of the Washington County Dental Society during the national program.

The “Give Kids A Smile” program began in 2003 to provide dental services to underserved children.

Each year, about 450,000 children around the country benefit from the efforts of more than 40,000 volunteers who are part of the “Give Kids A Smile” program.

This year’s event in Hillsboro was supported by the Art Institute of Portland, International Culinary School, New Seasons Market, Einstein Brothers Bagels, Costco, Starbucks Coffee and Trader Joe’s markets.



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