Department of Pediatric Dentistry: News
The Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) days are held in February and March of each year. These events are sponsored by the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, the Student Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Student Dental Association. These are very successful events where teams of faculty and students provide fluoride treatments, cleanings, radiographs, restorations, extractions, and sealants to over 125 uninsured children on both days; providing approximately $18,000 worth of dental care each year. With the help of dental hygiene students from the School of Dental Medicine, the volunteers provide oral health education for children in a series of seven stations. After a brief instruction about how teeth are used and an interactive discussion about what a dentist does, children are guided through stations to learn about plaque, radiographs, tooth loss, brushing, nutrition, and fluoride. The children receive a gift at the end of each station for participation in the program.