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Forsyth County News

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Any local dentists who would like to help with next year's "Give Kids a Smile Day" should contact Melissa Corliss with United Way of Forsyth County at (770) 781-4110.

The smiles of about 100 Forsyth County students were brightened Friday.

Six dental practices throughout the county took part in "Give Kids a Smile Day," an annual event in which dentists nationwide provide free care to children in need.

Among this year's participants was O'Rourke Family Dentistry on Hwy. 141 in south Forsyth.

Office manager Amy Estey said the office saw 10 students from Brookwood and Sharon elementary schools.

"There's not been a single tear. They've all been so good," Estey said of the patients.

"It's really great to have them here. They're sweet, sweet kids."

Estey said the practice's dentists, Sean and Stephanie O'Rourke, and their assistants performed a variety of services, from cleanings and X-rays to fillings.

The event was coordinated by Forsyth County Schools and the United Way of Forsyth County.

Caroline Croft, a United Way volunteer who helped organize the day, said the students came from elementary, middle and high schools throughout the district.

"Along with hearing and vision, school nurses did schoolwide dental screenings in the fall," she said. "They worked with school social workers to determine which students were most in need of free dental care."

This is the second year for several dentists and the United Way to be involved in the event.

In years past, Advanced Dental Associates on Elm Street in Cumming was the only practice to take part.

Faye Sewell, office manager, said this year marked the office's 10th of participating.

"Our dentists -- Robert Joiner, Scott Henderson and Deborah Porres -- all think this is very important, so we'll keep on doing it," Sewell said.

The other participating offices included Cumming Dental Care, Denistry for Children/Children's Denistry, Forsyth Dental Partners and Leslie Hehir.

Croft said she hopes more dentists will take part in 2012.

"We've already had a couple call us wanting to do this next year," she said. "We'll take as many as we can."