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For Washington dentist, Give Kids A Smile is pure fun

February 22, 2018

By Kimber Solana

Photo of Dr. Werner with a group of children during a GKAS event
Smiles: Dr. Judson Werner, right, pose for a photo with a group of children who came to his Bellevue, Wash., dental office during his Feb. 2 Give Kids A Smile event. It was Dr. Werner's 14th year participating in the program. This year, he donated more than $5,500 worth of dental care including cleanings, dental exams, proxy and fillings.
Bellevue, Wash. — For Dr. Judson Werner, it's important to make sure Give Kids A Smile is a fun experience, especially for the kids.
"We set it as one of our goals to make sure these kids have a positive experience," said Dr. Werner, adding that for some of these children, it's their first time visiting a dentist. "We want them to have fun and to see that dentistry can be a pleasant experience."
Dr. Werner was among almost 7,000 dentists participating this year in the ADA Foundation's Give Kids A Smile program, which encourages dentists to work together with their communities to provide free dental care to children in need.
In all, Dr. Werner saw 19 children — ages 6-17 — and donated more than $5,500 worth of dental care. These services included cleanings, dental exams, proxys, fillings and oral hygiene instructions.

Dr. Werner said his staff of volunteers, including current and former staff members, spent a lot of energy on each child, making sure that the kids received good oral health instructions and education and chose a prize box at the end of their appointment. Many of the kids return each year for a follow-up.
"It's a good opportunity to help people who need the help," he said. "These are kids in our own town who don't have the opportunity to see a dentist at a regular basis. And we make sure it's a good visit for them."

The Feb. 2 event at his dental office was Dr. Werner's 14th Give Kids A Smile.