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More than 300 children receive free dental care at ATSU-ASDOH’s Give Kids A Smile event

A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) and the Arizona Dental Foundation provided free dental care to more than 300 uninsured and at-risk children during the annual Give Kids A Smile event Feb. 18, 2022, at the University’s Mesa, Arizona, dental clinic.

A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) and the Arizona Dental Foundation provided free dental care to more than 300 uninsured and at-risk children during the annual Give Kids A Smile event Feb. 18, 2022, at the University’s Mesa, Arizona, dental clinic.

A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) and the Arizona Dental Foundation provided free dental care to more than 300 uninsured and at-risk children during the annual Give Kids A Smile event Feb. 18, 2022, at the University’s Mesa, Arizona, dental clinic.
A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) and the Arizona Dental Foundation provided free dental care to more than 300 uninsured and at-risk children during the annual Give Kids A Smile event Feb. 18, 2022, at the University’s Mesa, Arizona, dental clinic.

Children ages 5-18 from Mesa Public Schools, Apache Junction Unified School District, and community organizations were prescreened to receive cleanings, fillings, sealants, and extractions. Dental care was provided by ATSU-ASDOH students, faculty, alumni, and local volunteer dentists.

Give Kids A Smile is a national program launched in 2003 by the American Dental Association. It has provided oral health services to more than 5.5 million underserved children across the country, aiming to help end America’s dental health crisis. This was ATSU-ASDOH’s 15th year hosting Give Kids A Smile, with more than 4,500 local children having received services. Those services have been valued at about $2.2 million.

Many dental students dress as superheroes and other fictional characters to put kids at ease as they receive dental care, and the event includes fun festivities like carnival games and face painting.

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