Faculty, students and staff from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine are an integral part of a statewide effort to provide free dental care to hundreds of children.
The School of Dental Medicine team will join members of the Ohio Dental Association (ODA) and Colgate's Bright Smiles, Bright Futures mobile dental unit for the annual Give Kids A Smile Day on Friday, February 6. About 250 children from John Raper and Scranton elementary schools, along with a local HeadStart program, will receive free dental care.
Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder will be joined at the event by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Ohio Department of Health Director Alvin Jackson, and national sponsors. In addition, children will be treated to guest appearances by Slider and Moondog, the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers mascots, respectively, along with the Case Western Reserve mascot and athletes, as well as the Tooth Fairy and Dr. Rabbit (the Colgate mascot).
School of Dental Medicine faculty and students, along with their peers, will provide examinations, screenings, cleanings, preventive and restorative care, and other dental services to children.
"For over 100 years, the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine has been committed to advancing the oral health of the Cleveland community and engaging students in the professional duty of caring for the under-served who do not have or know how to access dental care. Give Kids A Smile Day is among the activities at the dental school to further this mission," said Jerold Goldberg, the dental school's dean.
Friday's clinic at Case Western Reserve is the official statewide launch of the ODA's 2009 Give Kids A Smile programs. In Ohio, more than 1,600 dentists and other volunteers will provide free dental services. The estimated dollar value of the 2009 Ohio Give Kids A Smile program is more than $1.1 million. In Cleveland, it is estimated at more than $60,000.
Launched by the American Dental Association, Give Kids A Smile raises public awareness about children who lack access to dental care. Dentists and their teams give free care to children who otherwise would not seek or who cannot afford such services. Ohio's 2009 Give Kids A Smile programs are expected to reach more than 20,000 youth.
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