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Release Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1:29 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Malcolm Maurice
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A Decade of “Give Kids a Smile” Aims to Give Kids a Chance
 

 

WASHINGTON – For the 10th consecutive year, Howard University College of Dentistry will be hosting “Give Kids a Smile” Friday.  During the event, hundreds of children from the District of Columbia will receive free dental care to stress the importance of dental hygiene.

More than 300 children from Chamberlain Elementary School will have their teeth examined and repaired by scores of dentists and dental students from Howard and the D.C. Dental Society who will be working out of the College of Dentistry at 600 W St NW.  Some students will receive cleanings, some extractions and some are even getting crowns.

“Give Kids a Smile” is a nationwide program focused on providing dental care and education to all children.  Since the program began, more than 9,523 dentists have treated 405,338 children nationally in 1,588 locations.

“There is a need, a great need, for dental care within the city,” said John Bailey, clinic director at the Howard University College of Dentistry. “We know from the incident with Deamonte Driver that there are kids out there that need these treatments.  We go out and provide them.”

Driver, 12, of Prince George’s County, died in February 2007 after a neglected tooth infection traveled to his brain. A simple checkup and extraction could have saved his life.

Dianne Harris is director of health services for Friendship Public Charter Schools.  Chamberlain is one of the schools in her system.

“This is so unique because they are helping people over 12-years-old, and they’re the ones that need it the most,” Harris said.  “It’s not just an educational thing.  This could change a child’s life.

“I think the importance of health in itself is a way to engage our students in empowering themselves about dental hygiene,” said Harris. “This is another way to show that schools and communities can work together.”

ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
The Howard University College of Dentistry, established in 1881, is the fifth oldest dental school in the United States. The college has trained thousands of highly skilled dental professionals to serve communities across America, particularly the underserved.  Our graduates are currently in 40 states and 53 foreign countries. Our more than 100 faculty members constitute one of the best-trained dental faculties in the world.  The college's remains a national resource for dental leaders and a comprehensive education and research institution that attracts highly motivated and academically accomplished students from culturally diverse backgrounds.


ABOUT HOWARD

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 24 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.


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