Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Dental Hygiene and area dental professionals are providing free dental care to area children (ages 5 to 17) Thursday, Oct. 17 in Minnesota State Mankato’s Clinical Science Building.

Appointments are available at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. by calling 507-389-2147.

All patients must have appointments in advance and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Services provided include free cleanings, dental exams, X-rays, sealants and fluoride treatments.

The project is inspired by concern over a growing number of children who are unable to access needed dental care.