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St. Paul, Minn.—Lyla Lepkowski swallowed her fears and opened her mouth bravely.  The 10-year-old's mother signed her up two weeks ago for an appointment to receive free dental treatment today at the Give Kids A Smile Day event at Union Gospel Mission here.

Today is the American Dental Association's 12th national Give Kids A Smile day and dental professionals from coast to coast are mobilizing to provide free oral health services to 350,000 children and adolescents from underserved families.

Every Tuesday and Friday, Dr. Patrick Angelo drives from his home in the northwest side of Chicago to a near downtown McDonald's to buy some 80 hamburgers and 47 coffees.

Washington—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will launch a national public education campaign targeting 12-17 year-olds with "real cost" messages about cosmetic, oral and other health consequences of tobacco use.

For resources that focus on the dental home and Head Start, visit the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center website.

In an effort to combat the most common chronic disease affecting children, North Carolina policymakers launched a program in 2000 to help reduce caries rates of very young low-income children.

Louisville, Ky.—In an effort to engage students in inter-professional education and collaboration, University of Louisville nurse practitioner and dental students are working together to provide health care services to workers in the thoroughbred racing industry.

Owning and managing a successful dental practice means more than just providing a quality service, according to PBHS.

There are four keys to creating an effective dental website to help grow dental practices, according to PBHS.

Is your schedule balanced, overtaxed or underutilized? Do your internal controls make potential embezzlers think twice? Are your payment systems set up to maximize collections and reduce write-offs?

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