Grand County dentists join program to give children a head start on dental health |

Grand County dentists join program to give children a head start on dental health

Katie Looby
Grand County, Colorado

Ten-year-old Alma Cecilia Dominguez visited Granby Dental on Friday for a cleaning, a filling and some free advice.

“They told me to brush twice a day, and floss once a day,” said the Kremmling resident.

Her 13-year-old brother Miguel Angel also had his teeth cleaned and two cavities filled.

The Dominguezes had their dental care taken care of as part of the American Dental Association’s Seventh Annual Give Kids A Smile program, which provides dental care to children from low-income families.

Dentists Darrick Zirker and Andrew Burns saw about 30 patients from all over Grand County on Friday, Feb. 6.

“I think it’s good to provide the service for the kids who (otherwise) wouldn’t come in,” Burns said. “It’s good to give back to the community and help out.”

They did cleaning, exams, fillings, X-rays and extractions. “Pretty much anything they needed done,” Burns said.

This was some patients’ first time in the dentist’s chair. “There’s some in their teens who have never been to the dentist before,” said assistant Dawn Dennison.

The Grand County Public Health Service scheduled the appointments for children 17 and younger, Burns said.

“It’s been fulfilling,” Zirker added. “We’ve been able to get some people started in the right spot. We were able to hopefully educate parents and kids.”

” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or

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