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Hamann Family Dentistry to help give smiles to kids

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Hamann Family Dentistry of Perham is teaming up with dental professionals across the state to once again provide free care to children whose families cannot afford to pay for the care.

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Free care will be offered on Friday, Feb. 4 to children whose families cannot afford to pay for dental care. The dental staff volunteers time to help give each child a healthy smile.

The Minnesota Dental Association sponsors this statewide outreach effort, called 'Give Kids a Smile' because dentists are trying to close the gap for the low-income children who are not getting the dental care they need and deserve. This marks the program's ninth year and the third consecutive year for Hamann's participation. Since its inception, the program has served 32,000 young children in hundreds of locations across the state. The donated services top $10 million in value.

Dentists Mike Hamann, and daughter Brooke say dental health is vital to a child's development, and "Give Kids a Smile" is a great way to help those in need.

"This is a special way to reach children in need of dental care," said Dr. Mike Hamann. "Healthy teeth are vital to overall health and even a key to success in school."

Hamann is the only dentist office in Otter Tail County to participate in the annual program.

Patients seeking appointments should be under the age of 18 and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Information on specific services that will be provided will be outlined when an appointment is scheduled.

The Minnesota Dental Association is the voice of dentistry in Minnesota, representing 81 percent of practicing dentists. It is committed to the highest standards of oral health and access to care for all Minnesotans.

Across the state, about 3,000 dental volunteers come together each February to provide free care to children from low-income families who face barriers to dental care. Last year, more than 6,000 children received dental services, according to the MDA website, in clinics throughout the state, valued at $1.7 million.

Sponsors of the annual program include HealthPartners and 3M ESPE Dental Products. The companies provide funding needed to promote the program with advertising on WCCO-TV and on radio stations throughout the state.

This year's ads featured a guest star and supporter, Minnesota Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire, "coaching" children to have winning smiles.

Give Kids a Smile provides two days of free dental care for low-income children in need. In some cases, more immediate dental attention may be necessary. MDA has compiled a list of clinics that may take medical assistance, general assistance, or offer services on a sliding fee scale. Please note that information on this list is subject to change.

Learn more at www.mndental.org.

People interested in scheduling an appointment in Perham may call the dental office at 218-346-4775.

The dental office is located at 200 1st Ave. S in Perham.

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