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Volunteers, kids wild about dental care at University of Pittsburgh's 10th GKAS day

February 20, 2012

By Karen Fox, ADA News staff

Pittsburgh—Students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine have a good thing going in Give Kids A Smile.

Taking charge: Fourth-year dental students Tyler Johansen (left) and Casey Bartosh pose for a picture during Feb. 3 GKAS events.

Pitt’s Student Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has participated in all 10 GKAS yearly celebrations. This year, for the fourth year, organizers split the screening and treatment sessions over two days in order to expand the amount of care provided. The first day is focused on preventive services; the second toward restorations and more advanced care.

Courtney Walter, third-year student and AAPD student chapter president, said her student colleagues are “proud to host this great event that has such a positive impact on the community, and we look forward to many more GKAS days in the future.”

A prehistoric friend: A young patient enjoys the jungle-themed GKAS day at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

Pitching in to provide a wide range of services Feb. 3 were the AAPD student chapter, the American Student Dental Association, pediatric dental residents, dental students and dental hygiene students. Sixty-eight patients received treatment and those requiring additional care are set to return March 16.

The Pennsylvania Dental Association Foundation awarded $1,000 to the AAPD student chapter to help fund GKAS day.

“This is a student-driven event supported by the efforts of the Student Chapter of the AAPD,

Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Hygiene Program and the American Student Dental Association,” said Ms. Walter. “Thanks to the efforts of Dr. R. Donald Hoffman, Pennsylvania Dental Association treasurer and SDM faculty member, the PDA generously donated $1,000 to help fund GKAS day services. Through their support we were able to provide over $7,700 in free dental care for the first day.”