TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – One way to help local children in need is providing supplies to help keep their teeth and gums healthy.

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Enter the College of Southern Idaho’s Dental Assisting program, which is seeking the community's help collecting oral health supplies in February, which is National Children’s Dental Health Month.

Students in the program will accept the community’s help collecting toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouth rinse and floss. According to the college:

Students will be collecting donations at the CSI basketball games at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 in the CSI gym. They’ll also conduct a 50/50 raffle at the game with proceeds going toward the purchase of dental supplies for local children in need. Donations can also be brought to the CSI Health Science building on North College Road throughout the month.

On Feb. 25, students in CSI’s Dental Hygiene program will hold a free sealant clinic from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dental Clinic lab inside the college’s Health Science building.

Dental sealant is a varnish-like substance that is painted onto the teeth that helps prevent cavities. Application is quick, painless, and effective. Students in CSI’s Dental Hygiene senior class will place the sealants as members of the junior class assist. All procedures will be done under the observation of local supervising dentists who assist with the program. The cost is $5 per child.

The clinic is open to children ages 5 to 18 by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call Andie Dayley in the CSI dental lab at 732-6751.

For more information about donating dental products, contact instructor Tonja Bowcut at or 732-6708.