***MEDIA ADVISORY***

 

GIVE KIDS A SMILE DAY PROVIDES FREE DENTAL CARE

 FOR HUNDREDS OF LOCAL CHILDREN

 

WHO:

More than 500 children from local underserved families and volunteer dentists, hygienists, and assistants from across the state.

WHAT/WHY

Tooth decay is the single most common disease among children. By third grade it affects more than half of the children in Georgia and nearly one in four children aged two to 11 years old have untreated cavities in their baby teeth. Kids can’t study, sit still or focus when they are in pain..

Give Kids a Smile Day is held annually to:

  • Provide free, easily accessible dental services to local, qualifying children.
  • Raise awareness of untreated tooth decay in children and the importance of good oral health.

The Georgia Dental Association hosts Give Kids a Smile Day each February in conjunction with National Children’s Dental Health Month as a way to provide free dental care to local underserved children. Georgia Dental Association volunteers provide an estimated $100,000+ of donated dental care and services in just one day. The event is part of a nationwide initiative launched by the American Dental Association in 2003. Each year, more than 350,000 children nationwide benefit from Give Kids a Smile events.

WHEN

Friday, February 5, 2016

WHERE

  • Fortis College School of Dental Hygiene, Smyrna
  • Wiregrass Technical College, Dental Hygiene Clinic, Valdosta
  • Lainer Technical College, Oakwood
  • Savannah Technical College, Savannah

CONTACT:

Carol Galbreath, Georgia Dental Association, 404-636-7553, ext. 119 or galbreath@gadental.org