STONY BROOK, N.Y., January 14, 2008 – On February 1, 2008, the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook University will provide free dental exams to children ages 1 to 17 years. Called “Give Kids A Smile” Day the services will be provided at the Dental Care Center, located on the West Campus of Stony Brook University, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The one-day event is sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA) and is part of a national campaign to provide dental care and promote the importance of oral health to children despite their economic status. The program is the centerpiece of National Children’s Dental Health Month.
According to the ADA, “Give Kids A Smile” has grown enormously since it began in 2002. Last year, approximately 758,000 children across the nation received dental care at more than 2,000 participating dental service programs.
In addition to completing dental exams, the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine faculty and other dental health professionals will provide cleaning, fluoride, sealants and oral health education to all children who come to the Dental Care Center. Area dental health professionals will also participate in “Give Kids A Smile” on February 1 at nearby St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson. The dental clinic at St. Charles Hospital, located on the first floor, will provide care from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Services are provided on a walk-in basis. No appointments are being taken. All participating children must have a parent or legal guardian with them at either dental clinic. An “excused absence” from school will be given to any child who participates in the oral health event.
For more information about “Give Kids A Smile” at the Stony Brook and Port Jefferson/St. Charles locations, call Margaret E. Bakos, Coordinator of Community Service, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, at (631) 632-3164.