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    Give Kids a Smile

    Jan 12, 2011
    The San Joaquin Dental Society and the University of the Pacific will be hosting a 'Give Kids A Smile' event on February 5, 2011 at Pacific's Stockton dental clinic where underserved children can receive free check-ups and dental treatments.

    Give Kids a Smile PostcardDental team members will be offering their time and services during the event for children up to age 17 to receive dental screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays and emergency treatments. All services will be free and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. In addition to the dental services, games, clowns and face painting will also be available for children as they wait for their appointment. The event is on a first come first served basis. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 5.

    "According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly one in four children , aged two to 11 have untreated cavities in their baby teeth," said Dr. Edward Graham, a Stockton area dentist and spokesman for SJDS, "This is no surprise to most area dentists. This Give Kids A Smile event will make a difference in the lives of countless local children."

    Give Kids A Smile, sponsored by the American Dental Association provides free oral health care services to approximately 320,000 children at nearly 2,000 sites. The nationwide event links dentists with underserved children all over the country to improve oral health among the large numbers of at risk children and highlight for policy makers the ongoing challenges that uninsured families and children with disabilities face in accessing dental care.

    In addition to the GKAS event, Pacific and SJDS are hosting an invitation only meeting on Feb. 4 to discuss ways to address the state's dental health challenges. Invited guests include health officials from several Northern California counties, administrators from area hospital and local physicians and dentists. The meeting is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Both events will be held at the Chan Family Health Sciences Center, 757 Brookside Road, just west of Pacific Avenue. For more information, visit www.SJDS.org online.