Over 30 Dentists volunteer to provide free dental work for keiki

Over 30 Dentists volunteer to provide free dental work for keiki

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Saturday, more than 100 keiki and their families learned how to achieve a pearly white smile.

The "Give Kids a Smile" event was put on by volunteers and over 30 dentists who donated their time to help improve oral health for Hawaii's youth.

It was held at the Waikiki Health and Dental clinic. Kids were given free check-ups, dental screenings, teeth cleanings and topical fluoride treatment.

"What makes this program unique is when the kids come in, they come to a fun family friendly event and they get to experience the dentists in a completely new atmosphere – a fun atmosphere, volunteer Jaclyn Palola said.

The event also gave families the opportunity to sign up for dental insurance.

"There has never been a greater need to improve the oral health of Hawaii keiki," Dr. Scott Morita, chair of the Hawaii Dental Association (HDA) Young Dentist Group said.

Morita is credited with bringing the program to islands four years ago.

Through the program, more than 5.5 million children across the country have received free oral health services.

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