Dentists join to ‘give kids a smile’

Paia Elementary School 1st-grader Naupaka English, 6, gets a dental checkup and cleaning from prosthodontist Erik Wong and dentist Sonia Gupta during Saturday’s Give Kids a Smile free dental clinic presented at UH-Maui College by Hui No Ke Ola Pono, the Maui County Dental Society and sponsor Central Pacific Bank. The event held in conjunction with ‘Aha Mauliola, A Native Hawaiian Wellness Gathering, featured about 65 island dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and other volunteers and expected to help more than 100 kids. “We’re actually really thrilled by the turnout today,” said Hui No Ke Ola Pono Oral Health Director and Maui County Dental Society President Emi Orikasa.

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