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Six hundred children in Louisville screened on Give Kids A Smile Day

February 03, 2017

By Michelle Manchir

Reading and writing and the right way to floss: University of Louisville dental hygiene students Amber Morris and Ayumi Baker offer an oral health lesson in a classroom Feb. 3 as part of Give Kids A Smile Day. The university said its students provided oral health education to 3,000 students. Photo courtesy of the University of Louisville
Louisville, Ky. — University of Louisville dental students participated in Give Kids A Smile Feb. 3 by screening 600 public school children for dental decay and notifying parents and guardians of the findings, according to a news release from the university.

Dental students and volunteers also educated 3,000 students about the importance of dental hygiene and how to brush and floss properly. Children took home a toothbrush, floss and educational materials about dental health.

Nutrition and the importance of visiting a dentist were other topics covered at the Louisville Give Kids A Smile event, an ADA Foundation sponsored event that coincides with National Children's Dental Health Month to put a spotlight on children's oral health.

Other Give Kids A Smile events will happen nationwide throughout the year.

"We are committed to helping improve the health of Kentucky's children," said Dr. T. Gerard Bradley, dean of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, in a news release. "Community engagement is at the heart of this dental school, and that's why we close our clinics for the day to travel into the community to offer free screenings and teach kids about dental health."

For more information about Give Kids A Smile, or to find a Give Kids A Smile event near you, visit