Navigate Up

UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Senior Director
Telephone: 412-586-9771

Patients and medical professionals may call 1-800-533-UPMC (8762) for more information.

UPMC Media Relations

University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine Faculty, Students To “Give Kids A Smile”

PITTSBURGH, March 15, 2006 — Poor oral health can have a significant effect on a child’s overall health, yet research suggests that dental care is the most common unmet health need in American children. In recognition of the American Dental Association’s “Give Kids A Smile” day (GKAS), student and faculty volunteers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine will provide screenings and treatment free of charge for up to 100 patients who are otherwise unable to access dental care.

All GKAS participants will receive screenings from volunteers in the department of pediatric dentistry to determine if additional treatment is necessary. Patients will receive care ranging from cleanings to fillings, space maintainers and extractions.

“We try to provide some of the more costly services that might otherwise be out of reach for these families,” said Deborah Studen-Pavlovich, D.M.D., chair of the school’s department of pediatric dentistry. “Our primary goal in this event is to promote a lifelong commitment to oral health. We encourage these children and their parents to return to the clinic to receive ongoing care.”

Dr. Studen-Pavlovich estimates that about a quarter of GKAS participants typically return to receive care through the school’s clinic.

Children will be guided through a series of interactive stations to learn about how to care for their teeth. The stations will cover the following topics: plaque, x-rays, tooth loss, brushing, nutrition and fluoride. Children will also receive a gift bag full of oral health care products, including toothpaste, toothbrush and floss, along with fun items such as coloring books and stickers.

Last year’s GKAS allowed approximately 80 patients to receive nearly $8000 worth of dental care. In addition to dental school faculty, participating groups include the school’s Student Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), members of the dental school alumni board and members of the Western Pennsylvania Dental Society. Dental hygiene students and faculty also donate their time and services to the effort.

UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Supplemental content provided by Healthwise, Incorporated. To learn more, visit

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

Pittsburgh, PA, USA |