People who visited the health fair at Great Falls College MSU on Saturday could have received anything from teeth cleaning to a bone density test to having their vitals read.
Eleven community partners involved in health service and nonprofit in the community as well as the Great Falls College MSU dental hygiene department volunteered their time to the event.
United Way Community Impact Coordinator Lacey Spencer said because many people have so lots of things on their plate, they’re unable to really take care of themselves.
“In our community, we see a high volume of challenging times. We have a lot of folks who are working really hard day to day, but we know that sometimes making ends meet doesn’t always make your health a priority,” Spencer said.
Great Falls College MSU’s Dental Hygiene Department worked alongside dentists to clean and extract teeth for No Smile Left Behind, which was also part of the event.
“It’s been great. We had a great turnout. Everybody that’s here is a volunteer so we’ve had amazing dentist in the community that are here doing extractions, we have our dental assisting students are helping those dentist,” Beth Sanders, No Smile Left Behind student coordinator, said.
One community member said the event was not only helpful, but informative.
“They have the opportunity to come in, have something done with their teeth and maybe learn how to keep them brushed and clean,” Ida Nunley said.
Nunley brought her patient in to have a tooth extracted after it was damaged, but she got something out of it too.
“Even for myself, I went in there and they were measuring my bone density. Who’d of thought to have that done?" she said.
No Smile Left Behind and the Health Screening Day takes place every year at the college.
The 4th District Dental Society helps every year to put on the event and to support the dental assistant and dental hygiene programs at the college.