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Largest Ever Give Kids a Smile Day at UCSF Dentistry

February 29, 2012

Give Kids a Smile Day 2012 at the UCSF School of Dentistry more than doubled in size over similar events of years past, with 171 children receiving oral health screenings and a variety of additional services at no cost, including prophylaxis/polish, sealants, and fluoride varnish.  It was a major success benefitting community children, many of whom had never been to a dentiist before.

All thanks to the generosity of volunteer dental student and faculty providers, and event sponsors who, in addition to providing dental materials and supplies, came forward with enough in the way of food and beverage to keep a small army of volunteers going strong though a surprisingly busy day.

Event co-organizer and third-year UCSF dental student Natalie Heaivilin reports that 220 dental and pre-dental student volunteers participated throughout the course of the day, as did seventeen faculty volunteers.  Heaivilin was very appreciative of the work of the many volunteers, as was co-organizer and fellow D3 Amir Dadgar-Yeganeh, adding "It was very successful and we are all very happy and satisfied."

"Beyond seeing over twice the number of patients, patient visits were much more high-yield as well" said faculty participant Dr. Jeremy Horst.  "More teenagers at their first dental visit than I could count. About ten families use this annual event as half of their six month recall schedule - and all of the kids were caries-free! If that's not success, I don't know what is!"


Oral hygiene instruction (top); examination (middle); face and body painting in the activities room (bottom).