School of Dental Hygiene Studies to Host Annual Give Kids A Smile Event on Saturday, Feb. 2

Give Kids A SmileAs many as 120 pre-selected children from underserved families throughout Washington County will receive much-needed health services on Saturday, Feb. 2 when the Pacific University School of Dental Hygiene Studies holds its annual Give Kids a Smile event at the university’s Hillsboro Campus. 

Pacific dental hygiene students and licensed faculty, along with dentists, hygienists and other practitioners representing the Washington County Dental Society, will provide cleaning and preventative and restorative services to children from low-income families.

For the third consecutive year, children will also receive complimentary hearing and vision screenings, courtesy of students and licensed faculty practitioners from Pacific's School of Audiology and the College of Optometry.

GKAS is the American Dental Association's signature "access to oral health care program" for underserved children. Thousands of dentists and volunteers give their time to provide free oral health education, screenings, and treatment to underserved children. Last year's event at Pacific provided 553 dental treatments valued at $44,045 to 85 area children.

This year's event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Pacific's Dental Hygiene Clinic, located on the second floor of Creighton Hall at the university's Hillsboro Campus (222 SE 8th Avenue).

Pacific's School of Dental Hygiene Studies offers an accredited two-year bachelor's degree program in dental hygiene. The school is one of eight that comprise the university's College of Health Professions.

Media interested in covering Give Kids A Smile are encouraged to contact Joe Lang (503-352-2902 or

Jan. 24, 2019