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Monica Queen
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Howard University College of Dentistry Partners with the D.C. Dental Society for
National Kickoff of “Give Kids A Smile Day”

WASHINGTON, February 10, 2014 – On February 7, Howard University College of Dentistry (HUCD) in conjunction with the District of Columbia Dental Society (DCDS) and the American Dental Association (ADA) hosted the national kickoff of “Give Kids A Smile Day.”

Nearly 200 elementary school students from C.W. Harris and Kimball Elementary Schools, who may not otherwise have access to oral health care, received treatments such as cleanings, extractions and fillings. Scores of dentists and dental hygienists from HUCD and DCDS volunteered their time to provide the much-needed dental care and education, and facilitate a pleasant experience for the children. View pictures here.

“Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) Day is the largest one-day treatment event for at-need residents in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area,” said Dr. Donna Grant-Mills, chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene in the Howard University College of Dentistry. “Through GKAS Day, The Howard University College of Dentistry addresses the critical oral health needs of children and breaks down the barriers to dental care for families in the District of Columbia.”

HUCD has participated in Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) Day since its inception in 2003. The GKAS program was started by the ADA to provide dental care and raise awareness of the importance of access to dental care for underserved children. This year, the GKAS program is expected to serve approximately 350,000 children nationwide at more than 1,500 GKAS events.
The consequences of untreated oral problems can be fatal, as evidenced by the death of Deamonte Driver in 2007. Driver, a 12-year old resident of Prince George’s County, died in February 2007 after an untreated tooth abscess travelled to his brain. A simple tooth extraction could have saved his life, but his family did not have dental insurance. Driver’s death underscores the importance of access to oral health care.

“The services we provided on GKAS Day will have a tremendous impact on the lives of children,” said Dr. Grant-Mills. “And this year, thanks to a grant from the American Dental Education Association, we will be able to link those children and their families to dentists and oral centers in Ward 7 for post-GKAS treatment so that they may receive continued care.”

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 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.

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, 30 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

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