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$9,000 in Free Dental Care Provided at Give Kids a Smile

Ann Arbor, MI — April 6, 2015 — Dental and dental hygiene students from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, with help from several clinical faculty members and two private practice dentists, provided more than $9,000 in free dental care to children during this year’s Give Kids a Smile program held at the school March 28.  The annual event is a part of the American Dental Association’s program.

Thirty-eight children, ages 5 to 14, were seen in the school’s dental clinics.  Each received an oral exam and had their teeth cleaned.  X-rays, sealants, and simple fillings were provided to some, when necessary.  Only one child had a tooth extracted.

Pediatric dentist and graduate endodontic resident, Dr. Darya Dabiri, also took time to examine several four- and five-year-old children after registration ended.  “These children had dental pain, many cavities but no intraoral swelling,” she said.  “As far as I could tell, the parents were not neglecting their child’s dental care, rather, they simply did not have any additional money to pay for what would be a large dental expense for their children.”  Dabiri said Dr. Stacy Sullivan (DDS 2009) a dentist at Washtenaw Pediatric Dentistry, agreed to examine the children at her office.

The dental students who organized the event, Arielle Castine (D3) and Gabrielle Zuzo (D3), thanked the more than 100 individuals who volunteered to participate.  “We’re grateful for the time and effort demonstrated by the dental students, dental hygiene students and predental students, as well as the clinical faculty and private practice dentists,” Castine said.  “We appreciate the donations from the Washtenaw District Dental Society that allowed us to provide the oral care,” Zuzo added.