Creighton University School of Dentistry will offer free preventive dental care and education for 100 uninsured metro-area children at its 12th annual "Give Kids a Smile Day" on Saturday, Feb. 2.
Eighty third and fourth year dental students will join faculty and staff to provide the free exams, X-rays, cleaning, fluoride, dental sealants, and education to the children. Any follow-up needs will be arranged through additional appointments.
"Creighton's Jesuit values call us to give of our time, talent, and energy to affect change in the world," said Gary Westerman, D.D.S., professor and chair of the Department of Community and Preventive Dentistry and the Dr. Philip Maschka Chair for Ethics in Dentistry. "This annual event, which cares for the underserved children in our community, truly fits into our mission."
School nurses and Creighton"s community partners work with event organizers to identify 100 children between the ages of three and 14 who are in need of the free care.
Creighton hosts this event every February in conjunction with the American Dental Association's National Children's Dental Health Month, a nationwide effort to raise awareness about the importance of good oral health.