Catching up with the dentist

First photo: Nine-year-old Meleolani Santiago (above) receives a teeth cleaning from dentist Randall Sasaki on Saturday afternoon at the Maui Oral Health Center. Santiago said she could not remember the last time she had seen a dentist, although it was most likely a few years ago. About 30 children from the after-school tutoring program at the Iao United Church of Christ received free teeth cleanings, exams, fillings and extractions at the event. Although all of the children had dental coverage through Medicaid, about half of them had never seen a dentist before, or rarely received care, Dr. Earl Hasegawa said. Volunteers conducted the treatments with supplies donated by Patterson Dental.

Second photo: Shonia Lomae, 17, gets a teeth cleaning from Dr. Casey Tamashiro.