mccThe Mohave Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic will be offering free teeth cleanings at their annual “Give Kids a Smile” event on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The clinic is open to children ages 4-14 and will take place at the Legacy Foundation Allied Health Center, Room 900 on the Bullhead City Campus.

The program, sponsored by the MCC Dental Program in conjunction with the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association, provides teeth cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants and oral hygiene instructions to children at no cost to the parents. The school will have 27 students assisting, with three dental program faculty and Kingman dentist Dr. Tori Sandoval supervising.

The event has grown in popularity over the years.

“Last year was one of the biggest years we’ve had,” said Tess Fike, operations specialist for the dental clinic. “It’s very busy for the students, but the parents appreciated the opportunity.”

Fike said that a normal private practice doctor would normally charge $45-50 for a cleaning, with sealants costing around $35. Both will be provided for free at the clinic.

There are 81 openings available this year, and the clinic urges parents to make an appointment ahead of time. They can do so by calling (928)704-7797.