UCSF dental clinic offers free cleanings for "Give Kids a Smile Day"

By Karin Rush-Monroe on February 04, 2010

707 Parnassus Ave San Francisco, CA

WHAT:
The UCSF School of Dentistry will offer free cleanings, dental sealants and fluoride treatments as part of the citywide “Give Kids a Smile Day.” Each child will receive a free toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. UCSF faculty, volunteer dentists and dental students will provide free dental screenings to satisfy the Kindergarten/1st Grade Oral Health Assessment Bill requirements. Services will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Members of the media are invited to attend from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHERE:
UCSF School of Dentistry
707 Parnassus Ave
San Francisco

WHEN:
Saturday, February 6
Media: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Patients: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

WHY:
Despite tremendous declines in childhood cavities, tooth decay remains the single most common chronic disease of childhood. The day is part of a citywide effort to improve oral hygiene and awareness, especially for families with children. The UCSF School of Dentistry is widely regarded as a premier U.S. dental school and is a national leader in addressing pediatric oral health issues, including efforts to reach traditionally underserved populations with high rates of pediatric dental caries.

INTERVIEW, PHOTO AND AUDIO/VIDEO OPPORTUNITIES:
UCSF dental faculty and students.  Participating families (when possible).

MEDIA CONTACT:
Media interested in attending should contact Karin Rush-Monroe prior to the event at Karin.Rush-Monroe@ucsf.edu or 415-476-2557 to arrange entry to the Dental Clinic. For media assistance on the morning of the event, media should call: 415-205-8359.