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Thu February 20, 2014

The "Give Kids A Smile Day" event that the DuPage County Health Department participated in on February 7, provided a total of 86 children with free dental screenings and treatment. Last year at this event, the Health Department served 25 children, making this year's event a great success.
The event took place at the DuPage County Health Department (111 N County Farm Rd. Wheaton) as well as at the DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville. The Dental Clinic in Wheaton provided dental services for 54 children which included preventative and/or restorative treatment. The Smile Squad, a state-of-the-art mobile dental clinic that was located at the DuPage County Children's Museum, saw a total of 32 children who received dental screenings, fluoride varnish and oral health education. Oral health education was also provided to over 500 children at the "Give Kids A Smile Day" events.

Five dentists along with students from Midwestern Dental School volunteered their time to make this event possible. "This event provided valuable dental services to a great number of DuPage County children" says Beth Enke, Assistant Director of Dental Health at the DuPage County Health Department.

This event was part of the national "Give Kids A Smile Day" sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA). The ADA began the Give Kids A Smile program in 2003 as a way for dentists to join with others in the community to provide dental services to underserved children. Dentists and other team members volunteer their time, and services, to provide screenings, treatments and education to children throughout the United States.

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