School of Dental Health Science and Washington County Dental Society to Give Kids A Smile on Saturday, Feb. 7

Pacific University's School of Dental Health Science is once again partnering with members of the Washington County Dental Society to provide low-income children with complimentary dental care. The university's seventh annual "Give Kids A Smile" event takes place at the Hillsboro Campus on Saturday, Feb. 7.

The event typically serves 125 pre-screened children from low-income families in Washington County area will receive preventative services such as oral hygiene instruction, routine screenings, teeth cleanings and fluoride treatments, and restorative procedures such as dental fillings and other services.

This year, 22 WCDS dentists and about 25 of their assistants will join 64 Pacific dental students, 15 faculty and four staff members, as well as approximately 12 Pacific dental hygiene alumni and six community volunteers to deliver the care.

Give Kids A Smile is nationwide American Dental Association initiative that began in 2003 as a way for its members to join with others in the community to provide dental services to underserved children. Each year, approximately 450,000 children at 1,500 sites around the country benefit because of the efforts of more than 40,000 volunteers. Pacific and the WCDS’ "Give Kids A Smile" day began in 2009 and has grown each year to provide services to an increasing number of children from low-income households.

There are still appointments available for children who qualify for this event. Please call the Pacific Dental Hygiene Clinic at 503-352-7373 for information and to make an appointment.

For more information about the event, please contact Shawna Rohner at 503-352-7244.

Feb. 2, 2015