Two dozen children aided by local dentists during 'Give Kids a Smile Day'

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SEEKONK — Several local youngsters were among those treated recently as local dentists recognized dental health month in February at the office of Dr. Lisa Daft with a first-ever "Give Kids a Smile."

The event, sponsored by the American Dental Association, was established to provide free dental care to children in the community, ages 4-18, who might not otherwise have access to treatment.

Dr. Daft was joined by Dr. Chris Vanderpool, Dr. John Balamas and office staff. The day was a huge success. The doctors saw 24 children of varied ages and when finished, had donated over $18,000 in time, materials and service.

"It was a great day of dentistry and a rewarding experience for all involved," Dr. Daft said. "I'm looking forward to participating in the event next year and would like to thank all who helped make the first 'Give Kids a Smile Day' a success, especially the many young children who were a pleasure to take care of that day. Their smiles made the day perfect."

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