HOUSTON – (Feb. 7, 2013) – Dental health is fundamental for all children, yet tooth decay continues to be one of the most common childhood diseases. Left untreated, tooth decay can have serious implications for a child’s long-term health and well-being. To promote oral health during National Children’s Dental Health Month, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry will offer free preventative and limited dental care to approximately 150 children. Faculty, staff and senior dental and dental hygiene students from the UTHealth School of Dentistry will volunteer to provide these critical dental services.
WHAT: Give Kids a Smile Day helps children maintain healthy smiles. The UTHealth School of Dentistry’s has worked with Communities in Schools – Houston and San Jose Dental Clinic to identify children who are in need of dental treatment. These students have been prescreened and will receive free dental treatment at this annual event. Give Kids a Smile Day, which is part of UTHealth School of Dentistry’s ongoing community outreach efforts, is supported by a Susman Family Foundation gift and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston. Year-round, the school offers affordable dental care to families in the Houston area.
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHO: Volunteers and participating children will be available for interviews in English and/or Spanish.
WHERE: UTHealth School of Dentistry, 7500 Cambridge Street, Houston, TX 77054.
Note: Parking and interviews with faculty can be arranged for journalists who call beforehand.
Because the event is invitation only, we ask that you not publicize it in advance.
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030