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Utah dentists pitch in to give kids a smile

By Janelle Hanson | Posted - Feb. 26, 2011 at 5:25 p.m.


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WEST VALLEY CITY -- Hundreds of Utah dentists and volunteers had one goal in mind Saturday -- give kids a smile.

Hundreds of children across the state visited a place they normally don't like -- the dentist. But they were happy to go, because for them, dental work is hard to come by.

"We're taking care of their needs and getting them going because some of these children might have never seen a dentist before," said Joe Mirci, lead dentist with the Give Kids a Smile program.


We're taking care of their needs and getting them going because some of these children might have never seen a dentist before.

–Joe Mirci


More than 800 volunteer dentists and staff gave away half a million dollars worth of free dental care. In Utah, more than 150,000 kids don't have dental insurance.

Tooth decay is the most common health problem in children.

The Give Kids a Smile program is in its seventh year with locations in Ogden, Orem, St. George and two in Salt Lake City. Even though the program benefits children, those who volunteer are always touched.

"It's actually fun to give your work away and just do something for somebody else and not feel like well, I've got financial restrictions and I can only do so much," said dentist Evan Roundy. "Here I'm free to do what i want to do."

The program also offers additional care to kids after the event and vouchers to some that weren't able to attend.

E-mail: jhanson@ksl.com

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