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Creighton Dentistry aims to Give Kids a Smile

The Creighton University School of Dentistry hosted its 14th annual Give Kids a Smile event on Saturday, Feb. 6 in the Boyne Building for children ages 3 to 14. The event especially caters to children without dental insurance. Children received free dental education and preventative care from Creighton dental faculty and students, including exams, X-rays, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments and dental sealant applications.The Creighton University School of Dentistry hosted its 14th annual Give Kids a Smile event on Saturday, Feb. 6 in the Boyne Building for children ages 3 to 14. The event especially caters to children without dental insurance.

Children received free dental education and preventative care from Creighton dental faculty and students, including exams, X-rays, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments and dental sealant applications.

“I literally cried when I learned about the program,” said Michele, who does not have dental insurance. “I brought my 4-year-old son, Gage, here to get his routine checkup for the year. Being a single mom on a limited income, it’s a blessing that he can get professional dental care. Not only are we helping them with their education, but they’re helping us because I could not afford to do it otherwise.”

At this year’s event, 80 children were provided dental services valued at approximately $12,000 to $15,000 of private practice fees.

Every child who participated in the event received a coupon for a free comprehensive diagnostic dental visit in the pediatric dentistry department. Dental radiographs were also provided for all children during their free visit. Each child also received a coupon good for a $20 dental visit at Creighton where dentists will try to provide as much treatment as possible.

“The ultimate goal of Give Kids a Smile is to provide a dental home for children that don’t have insurance or access to care,” said Kim McFarland, DDS, MHSA professor and chair of the Department of Community and Preventive Dentistry. “By providing preventive services today, a free comprehensive exam at the second visit and discounted dental treatment at the third appointment, we can more effectively achieve our goal of providing a dental home for children in need.”

“It’s a great way for Creighton to fill a major need in our community,” said James H. Howard, DDS, senior associate dean for clinical and external affairs. “The Give Kids a Smile program is one of the most inspiring things we do as faculty and students. For our students, especially, it’s a great opportunity to get experience and to demonstrate what’s really at the core of their education: giving back. Service to our community is an important part of the mission of the school and the education of future healthcare professionals.”

Since 2003, Creighton’s Give Kids a Smile program has helped more than 1,000 children who may not otherwise receive dental care get a checkup and receive other needed procedures.

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