School of Dental Health Science and Washington County Dental Society "Give Kids A Smile"

photos by Heidi Hoffman

Annual event provides more than 90 low-income children with free preventative and restorative dental care.


Students, faculty and staff from Pacific University's School of Dental Health Science partnered with the Washington County Dental Society on Saturday, Feb. 5 to provide more than $68,000 of free dental care to 91 low-income children at the University's Health Professions Campus in Hillsboro.

Children from local elementary schools, as well as Project Homeless Connect, received dental examinations, cleanings and restorative procedures such as cavity fillings. All 66 of Pacific's Dental Health Science students joined nine faculty and staff members, 17 WCDS member dentists and 10 hygienists to provide the services. Ten dental assistants, three language translators and three volunteers provided additional support.

Pacific and the WCDS surpassed their previous Give Kids A Smile records, set in 2010, for total participants (80) and estimated value of free services provided ($50,000).

In addition to the volunteer time provided by member dentists and hygienists, the WCDS supported the initiative with a $2,000 donation.

The event was part of the American Dental Association’s nationwide “Give Kids A Smile” initiative (

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and Give Kids A Smile is designed to focus on the epidemic of untreated oral disease among children from low-income families who do not have access to care.

The National Institutes of Health report that 80 percent of tooth decay in children is found in just 25 percent of the population, primarily from low-income families.

As part of the University’s College of Health Professions, the School of Dental Health Science offers a degree-completion program for current dental professional.                  

Posted by Joe Lang ( on Feb 14, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Edited by Stephanie Haugen ( on May 3, 2012 at 1:32 PM

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