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Give Kids a Smile Day Benefits Community on March 1

Posted: Feb 20, 2014

Dental Hygiene Students Picture

Give Kids a Smile Day celebrates both Children’s Dental Health Month in February, and the volunteer student dental hygienists and assistants, TMCC faculty and a doctor of dentistry who provide free children’s oral health care at this annual event.

“We are providing dental services for 20 children on Saturday, March 1, and have appointments still open,” said Julie Stage-Rosenberg, professor of dental hygiene at TMCC.

The American Dental Association (ADA) began the Give Kids a Smile program in 2003 to encourage dental professionals’ engagement in giving care to the underserved children of their communities and has provided care nationally for close to five million children to date.

This will be TMCC’s seventh year participating in the event, and several private dental offices in town also participate independently. Data about the services provided and number of children treated is reported back to the ADA.

Students at TMCC who have an uninsured child between the ages of 6 and 13 are invited to make an appointment between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday, March 1. The event is hosted on campus in the Red Mountain Building. 

Free dental health services include:

  • Dental exams and check-ups
  • X-rays
  • Dental cleanings
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Dental sealants
  • Referrals 

Registering to receive dental services at Give Kids a Smile Day is by appointment only. Call Julie Stage-Rosenberg at 775-673-8279 for more information.

David Lund, DDS, will be conducting the dental exams for the event. He teaches part-time at TMCC.

Ten second-year dental hygiene students will be providing care for Give Kids a Smile Day along with dental assisting students. The hygienists are in their 4th semester of a four-semester program, and they are supervised by Dr. Lund and Prof. Stage-Rosenberg. Dental assisting faculty will supervise their students. They include Julie Muhle, coordinator for dental assisting, Linda McGillicuddy, professor of dental assisting, and Sandra Martinez, instructor of dental assisting.

“Dental hygiene students benefit from the day by being able to work more autonomously with limited intervention from teachers,” Stage-Rosenberg said. “They get to do a run-through like they’re in private practice. Also, the event fosters a concern for giving back to their community.”

TMCC’s Give Kids a Smile Day is funded through its volunteers and a three-year Lee R. Del Grande Community Service Grant. This grant supported the 2013 event, and will fund the 2014 and 2015 programs.

“I’m very committed to helping the underserved, and promoting oral health because it’s such an integral and important part of overall health,” Stage-Rosenberg said. “By providing free care to children of students, we’re encouraging students to pursue yearly check-ups and regular oral health appointments for family members,” Stage-Rosenberg said.

For more information, contact Julie Stage-Rosenberg.

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