Community Outreach

March 28, 2007

Give Kids A Smile Program

The Give Kids A Smile Program (GKAS) is a collaboration between Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Ohio Dental Association to insure the oral health of children. An estimated 300 children from Cleveland Municipal School District's John Raper Elementary School and members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland receive a free dental check-up, cleaning and sealing of healthy teeth. This will be the fourth year that Case has hosted and participated in Give Kids a Smile! Day. Area dentists from the Greater Cleveland Dental Society, the Ohio Dental Association and Case faculty and students joined the volunteer efforts of 1,600 dentists across the state to improve the oral health of children and raise awareness of the impact poor oral health has on children. Some 51 million school hours are lost each year due to tooth aches and other dental illnesses. GKAS highlights the problem of access to dental care for children across the country.

James Lalumandier, DDS, MPH, Chairman & Director, Community Dentistry
School of Dental Medicine

Posted by: Debra Crawford March 28, 2007 12:55 PM
Category: Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland , Cleveland Metropolitan School District , Greater Cleveland Dental Society , Health , John Raper , K-12 Education , Nonprofit , Ohio Dental Association , School of Dental Medicine , Schools and Centers