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Area Children Get Healthy Smiles

Dental students Seth Dawson (D3) and Sara Safdari (D1) pose with one of their happy patients.

A young patient uses her finger to show a dental student where she is having some pain.

Brittany Strawman (left) cleans a patient's teeth while Vanessa Donastorg (D1) observes.

Dr. Thomas Marshall, an assistant clinical professor of dentistry, chats with a patient following an oral exam by third-year dental hygiene student Kristin Wilson (right).

Ann Arbor, MI — April 15, 2014 — “We enjoyed helping kids from area communities who came to see us during the Give Kids a Smile Day program held at the School of Dentistry.  All of the children who came here for oral health care left with healthier smiles.  A few are now pain-free after being treated for severely decayed teeth,” said Amy Lesch (D3) one of the coordinators of this year’s program.

Parents of the children also benefited, she added.  They received information from dental and dental hygiene students about ways to help their children care for their teeth and how to find a dentist who would be able to provide oral health care for their children and other family members in the future.

Supervised by faculty, dental and dental hygiene students examined 47 patients and provided teeth cleanings, sealants and other oral health care when needed.  About 100 dental students, 30 dental hygiene students, 25 faculty members and staff, and five private practice dentists affiliated with the Washtenaw District Dental Society volunteered.  The value of the services provided exceeded $12,000.  The School of Dentistry’s program was a part of the American Dental Association’s annual nationwide program.