Gallery: Dental Assisting Program Provides Free Care at Annual Give Kids A Smile Event

Northwest Technical College offered free dental screenings to nearly 50 children between the ages of 1-18 on Feb. 7 as part of the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program.

Screenings were provided by dentists in collaboration with NTC Dental Assisting students. NTC has been participating in Give Kids a Smile for more than 15 years. During the event, NTC provided over $4,000 worth of free care.

Give Kids a Smile

Through the American Dental Association Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile program, launched nationally by the ADA in 2003, more than 5.5 million underserved children have received free oral health services. These free services are provided by volunteers including approximately 7,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members. The program is made possible by the continued support of national sponsors Henry Schein, Colgate and 3M.

Each year, Give Kids A Smile is celebrated nationally on the first Friday in February, and events take place throughout the year such as back-to-school events in August. Give Kids a Smile events are intended as touch points for children who do not receive dental care. The ultimate goal is to establish a dental home for these children and continuity of care, according to the ADA Foundation website.



""Northwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, has prepared students for fulfilling careers in high-demand fields for more than 50 years. The college’s accessible, affordable, hands-on programs also help the region’s employers meet their ever-growing need for a highly skilled workforce. NTC serves more than 1,000 students with an excellent education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. Students may pursue nearly 40 degree, diploma and certificate programs in six distinct career paths. Classes are offered on campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. For more, visit