Mendocino Community Health Clinic Celebrates "Give Kids A Smile Day" With Free Dental Care to Children


February 2013

On February 2, 2013, Mendocino Community Health Clinic (MCHC) continued its tradition of caring for the most vulnerable people in our community by participating in the annual Give Kids a Smile Day. On the first Saturday of February, dental staff from all three sites (in Ukiah, Willits and Lakeport) volunteered their time to provide thousands of dollars worth of free dental care to children who could not otherwise afford it.

“We always look forward to Give Kids a Smile Day,” said Dental Manager Becky Driscoll. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s totally worth it. This year we provided more than $15,000 of free dental care to 33 pediatric patients.” The event requires preparation in identifying qualified patients, setting up appointments, preparing equipment and supplies, and cleaning and sterilizing everything after the patients leave.

Dental Director Dr. Doug Lewis thanked the dentists and then made a special point to recognize the employees who support the event, saying, “The real heroes are the staff: the patient service representatives, dental assistants, sterile techs, and HealthCorps navigators. They organize it, they arrange the patients, they set up the rooms, and then they shut everything down at the end.”

Give Kids a Smile Day is a national event in which thousands of dentists and their teams provide free oral health care services to children from low-income families. In February and throughout the year, MCHC provides dental care to children. For more information, call (707) 468-1010.

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