Bay View Elementary Students Get Their Smile On


UMD Students Connect with Kids,

Gain Valuable Experience with Just Kids Dental

Only the lucky college kids get to intern with a motley crew of dinosaur puppets — who constantly need reminding about how to brush their teeth.

Three University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD)      students get to do just that and more as they intern with Just Kids Dental, Inc. (JKD) this semester.

Niki Johnson is a senior majoring in Community Health at UMD. Samantha Solmonson, also majoring in Community Health, and Rachel Senarighi, a Health Management major, are juniors.

As JKD interns, these students (with the help of a few puppets) teach elementary-age children how to properly brush and floss, and stress the importance of consistent oral health care.

This work is part of the local nonprofit’s new community outreach efforts. JKD launched an Oral Health Education program in area schools this school year.

In addition to conducting oral health presentations, the students assist with JKD’s school clinics where the area’s underserved children receive basic preventative oral health care.

This experience will advance each of the student’s ability to excel in their efforts to complete their education and enter the workforce well prepared.

Just Kids Dental is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides oral health screenings, dental cleanings, fluoride varnish applications, sealants, oral health and nutritional education, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss to underserved children across the region.  It eliminates access barriers to care by delivering these services directly to 30 schools in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin.