UCSF Dental Clinic Offers Free Cleanings for "Give Kids A Smile Day"

By Kevin Eisenmann on February 03, 2011
WHAT:

The UCSF School of Dentistry will offer free cleanings, exams, dental sealants and fluoride treatments as part of the nationwide “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 to children ages four to 17 on a first-come, first-served basis. Members of the media are invited to attend from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHEN:UCSF School of Dentistry
707 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco
 
WHERE:Saturday, February 5
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.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Media interested in attending should contact the UCSF News Office at 415-502-NEWS (6397) to arrange entry to the Dental Clinic.