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Dental health center gives back to local community
Updated: 2/11/2010 11:00:04 AM
 

Dental health center gives back to local community Earlier this month, as part of the Give Kids a Smile program, Faxton St Luke's Dental Health Center in New Hartford, New York provided free dental care services to approximately 90 underprivileged children.

The kids treated by the seven volunteer dentists were nominated by local school district nurses based on the extent of their dental health needs, according to the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

Dentists from the health center were assisted by volunteer receptionists, dental hygienists and oral surgeons, all of whom pitched in for the cause.

"People I didn't even know were coming up to me saying, 'can I help?'" said Utica dentist Charles Burns, who volunteered at the health center.

Burns is also the chairman of Adopt a Smile, a program that will review the charts of children who were seen at the event and determine which ones are in need of a permanent dentist. Local dental clinics will then "adopt" the child and provide them with free dental care until they are 18 years of age.

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