PHOTOS: U. dental students help kids keep their teeth clean

Published: Sunday, Feb. 28 2016 12:15 a.m. MST

Barbara Lucina, 4, gets water squirted into her mouth as she learns about dental equipment before a cleaning at the University of Utah School of Dentistry in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. No-cost dental care was provided for 400 children as part of the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Hundreds of families had access to free dental care through students at the University of Utah School of Dentistry on Saturday.

The charity care was offered as part of the American Dental Association's Give Kids a Smile program, which has been helping underserved kids achieve healthier smiles since 2003.

The event, however, also gave students a chance to serve a different population than they are used to, widening their portfolio and expertise, but also instilling an ideal of community service.

The U. was able to serve close to 400 kids on Saturday, performing routine cleanings and minor fillings, among other issues. The dental students were also able to teach the kids proper hygeine techniques.

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