On October 23 and 24, 2015, senior Sarah Pieper participated in Give Kids a Smile, which is located in St. Louis, Missouri. Give Kids a Smile is an organization that provides free dental care and education for underserved children. The patients were provided with dental cleanings, x-rays, extractions, restorations and oral surgeries.
Sarah is a biology major, and she is on the pre-dental tract with the ambition to become a pediatrician dentist. Sarah assisted the dentists directly at Give Kids a Smile by helping with dental cleanings and x-rays, as well as escorting patients throughout the process.
“My favorite part was seeing the children have a fun dental experience after at first being hesitant and scared,” Pieper said.
Between the two days there were a total of 548 volunteers, 424 patients treated and $383,000 in dental services provided. This coming February, Give Kids a Smile will be back in St. Louis. For more information about the organization or how you can get involved check out their website: http://www.givekidsasmile.org/