MDA to offer free dental care for Minn. kids in February

Minnesota dentists will provide free dental care services for children in need during the Minnesota Dental Association's (MDA) Give Kids A Smile event on February 7 and 8.

The event will provide care to 6,000 children at more than 200 dental clinics throughout the state, according to the MDA.

The association is sponsoring the 12th consecutive year of Give Kids A Smile as part of the national Children's Dental Health Month in February.

Patients seeking appointments should be 18 years or younger and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Advance appointments are required. Parents can find a local participating dentist by calling United Way 211 (dial 211) or 800-543-7709, or visit Information on specific services provided will be given when an appointment is scheduled.

Since Give Kids A Smile began, Minnesota dentists have provided free care to nearly 50,000 young children and donated services valued at more than $15 million. Volunteers who speak multiple languages will help eliminate language barriers. School nurses make sure families are aware of the program.

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