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Give Kids a Smile Day back at CVTC Feb. 1

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Eau Claire (Press Release) - Families that struggle to afford dental care have an opportunity for free dental care for their children Friday, Feb. 1.

"Give Kids a Smile Day" is back for the eighth year at Chippewa Valley Technical College's dental clinic. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Health Education Center, 615 W. Clairemont Ave., on the south side across from the CVTC Business Education Center.

Children 2 to 13 will be able to obtain, upon approval, teeth cleaning, X-rays, exams, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings and extractions. They will also receive education on proper oral hygiene. The services are free of charge. Care will be provided by local dentists and hygienists, as well as CVTC dental hygienist and dental assistant students and faculty volunteering their time.

To schedule an appointment, call 715-833-6271.  Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. Staffing allows for providing care to about 130 children during the day.

"For many of these kids, this is the only time they get any sort of dental treatment. That's why this event is so important," said Pam Entorf, director of CVTC's Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant programs. "And all these people who are donating their time and talents realize it's important. That's why they come back to help us out year after year."

The event is sponsored nationally by the American Dental Association and locally by the Chippewa Valley Dental Society and the Wisconsin Dental Association.

"Oral health is increasingly appreciated as a necessary component of overall health," says Entorf. "It's important to teach children as young as possible about how to take care of their teeth so they don't have problems as they get older."

Chippewa Valley Technical College delivers superior, progressive technical education which improves the lives of students, meets the workforce needs of the region, and strengthens the larger community. Campuses are located in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Menomonie, Neillsville and River Falls. CVTC serves an 11-county area in west central Wisconsin. CVTC is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and is one of 16 WTCS colleges located throughout the state.

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