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Thursday, February 14, 2013

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School of Dental Hygiene and Tidewater Dental Association Partner to Give Kids a Smile

February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and in support of its annual centerpiece initiative, Give Kids A Smile, Old Dominion's School of Dental Hygiene and the Tidewater Dental Association partnered on Feb. 11 to provide preventive dental services to local underserved children at the university's Sofia and David Konikoff Dental Hygiene Care Facility.

About 80 dentally underserved children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tidewater and the Lambert's Point Community Center received oral health education, examinations, fluoride varnish therapy, dental X-rays, and pit and fissure sealants, as needed.

Lynn Tolle, professor of dental hygiene, coordinated the event for the 14th consecutive year. She noted that "volunteer area dentists and ODU dental hygiene students and faculty collaborated to improve the oral health of disadvantaged children in our community. Over $8,000 in free professional care was provided."

All across the country, Children's Dental Health Month brings together dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and others to promote oral health to children, and their parents, caregivers and teachers. Developing effective oral care behaviors at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits help children achieve a lifetime of health, said Michele Darby, professor and Eminent Scholar of dental hygiene, who serves as chair of the ODU dental hygiene school.

Give Kids A Smile was designed to provide education, preventive and or restorative care to low-income children who do not have access to dental care, she added.

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