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SIU students offer free dental care to area kids

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CARBONDALE -- Dozens of kids in southern Illinois have a little something to smile about thanks to dental hygiene students at SIU.

Around 160 kids got free dental care Friday during Give Kids a Smile Day.

For the past 14 years the college students have offered exams, x-rays, cleanings, fillings and more to children ages 14 and under.

"It's a good experience for us. We get to work with kids. Not a lot of kids come to our clinics so we get to work on them and also give back to the community at the same time," said Morgan Reid, dental hygiene student.

About 90 SIU students took part in the event. Organizers say Give Kids a Smile Day is vital for area children who don't have regular access to dental care.

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