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Healthier Smiles Goal of Creighton’s “Give Kids a Smile Day”

Creighton University School of Dentistry will hold its 11th annual “Give Kids a Smile Day” on Saturday, Feb. 12.

The event provides free dental exams, X-rays, cleaning, fluoride, dental sealants and dental education to metro-area children who are uninsured. About 75 children will be treated this year, and each child will receive a bag of dental supplies.

Billy Bluejay, Creighton’s mascot, will be at the event and give a demonstration on proper techniques for brushing teeth. Student, faculty and staff volunteers from the Creighton School of Dentistry participate in “Give Kids a Smile Day.”

“These are challenging economic times, and uninsured children do not have access to regular dental care. We hope to help educate the children and their parents on the importance of proper dental care,” said Gary Westerman, D. D.S, professor and Oscar S. Belzer Endowed Chair in the Department of Community and Preventive Dentistry.

Organizations helping to promote this year’s event include Omaha Public School nurses network, Omaha Catholic Charities, Douglas and Sarpy County Head Start, OneWorld Community Health Centers, Charles Drew Community Health Center, Boys Town, Boys and Girls Clubs of Omaha and Campfire USA, Midlands Council.

Creighton University is a Jesuit, Catholic university bridging health, law, business and the arts and sciences for a more just world.