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Give Kids A Smile. By Our January Student Pharmacist, Ken Hecht.

I was talking with my wife, a future dentist, about some of the community activities she has been able to participate in throughout her dental career. One activity that stood out in her mind was “Give Kids a Smile.”

With a “Give Kids a Smile” event scheduled in early February at The Ohio State University’s College of Dentistry, I thought it would be fun to share some information about this program and the benefits for kids able to attend.

February is national “Give Kids a Smile Month,” and on Saturday, February 8, 2014, The Ohio State University’s College of Dentistry will be hosting “Give Kids a Smile” Day.

“Give Kids a Smile” is a program that is sponsored by the American Dental Association. The event is open to underserved children without dental insurance or who are part of a government program such as Medicaid. By participating in this program, kids receive free dental care, including oral exams, x-rays, fillings, extractions, stainless steel crowns, and cleanings. After the child receives their oral exam, he or she will either receive a cleaning or any restorative work that needs completed.

Date: February 8, 2014

Time: 8:00AM-4:00PM

Location: The Ohio State University’s College of Dentistry, Postle Hall, 1st floor clinics, 305 W. 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210.

Who: Children under 18 years of age who are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who will remain with the child throughout the event).

How: Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cost: FREE!

Phone number: 614-688-1470 (call to schedule)

Parking: Free with provided vouchers in the 12th Avenue garage on the OSU campus.

Questions: 614-688-1470

Websites for more information:

http://dentistry.osu.edu/gkas/patients.php (Site about the local event at OSU)

http://www.ada.org/givekidsasmile.aspx (National American Dental Association site)

It is very important to help your child maintain good oral health. According to US Public Health, dental and oral disease affects over half of the children in our nation and is very preventable. If a child has a tooth infection or decay, this may affect your child in numerous ways, including not being able to sleep, eat, or learn at school due to constant pain. Problems with a tooth affect a child’s overall health, as well. Fever may be a result of a tooth infection that has spread throughout the body. If preventative measures are taken, however, dental decay and infection are easily preventable.

Please take the time to allow your children the opportunity to establish good oral health.

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