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Dentistry events sure to brighten smiles

The School of Dentistry is offering community members something to smile about with two upcoming events.
Dental student Seema Parekh made sure this youngster's first visit to the dentist was a pleasant experience during the "Give Kids a Smile" program held last year at the School of Dentistry. (Photo by Jerry Mastey)

Residents of Ann Arbor and the surrounding area are invited to receive free oral health care services at the School of Dentistry during Dental Health Day Jan. 29.

Dental and dental hygiene students and members of the faculty also will offer free oral health care services to children from low-income families during a Feb. 5 "Give Kids a Smile" day.

On Dental Health Day about a dozen of the school's dental and dental hygiene faculty, and about 50 students, will provide various services and oral hygiene instruction in clinics on the first floor of the school at 1011 N. University Ave.

Services will include free oral cancer screenings, tooth decay examinations, screening x-rays, and oral hygiene instructions. Treatments, however, will not be provided.

Individuals regardless of income, and as young as 5 years of age, can participate in the program 9 a.m.-1 p.m. An appointment is not necessary, however, patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

For "Give Kids a Smile" day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 5, dental and dental hygiene students will provide cleaning, x-rays and sealants to young patients on a first-come, first-served basis.

The services will be offered as a part of the American Dental Association's (ADA) annual "Give Kids a Smile" campaign. Launched two years ago, the ADA says more than 1 million children nationwide have received free dental care and products valued at $100 million.

Registration is 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. An appointment is not necessary, but a parent or guardian must accompany children. Only children ages 5-12 are eligible to be seen. Children participating in the event will receive a free oral health kit, which contains a rotary toothbrush, stickers, toothpaste, dental floss and information on maintaining good oral health.

Patients and families attending either event will find free parking in the patient parking area, upper level of the Fletcher Street parking garage, adjacent to the school. When arriving at the structure, participants should press the red button for the gate to rise. Although a ticket will be given, there will be no charge upon exit.

For more information about Dental Health Day or the "Give Kids a Smile" day, call the school at (734) 763-6933 or toll-free (888) 707-2500.

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