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‘Sea of Smiles’ for Local Children: Pitt School of Dental Medicine Faculty and Students to Provide Free Dental Care

WHAT: 11th Annual “Give Kids a Smile Day” event where local children will receive diagnostic testing and treatment. This year’s theme is a “Sea of Smiles,” with the dental clinic being decked out in underwater-themed decorations as a way to make the kids feel more comfortable.
WHY: The American Dental Association (ADA) began the Give Kids A Smile program in 2003 as a way for ADA members 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.
Locally, the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine faculty and students will see children between the ages of one and 18. In addition to preventive services such as teeth cleaning, x-rays and exams, many of the children will receive dental work such as extractions, fillings and restorative care.
• Deborah Studen-Pavlovich, D.M.D., professor and chair, pediatric dentistry, Pitt School of Dental Medicine
• Aaron Schmick, president, Student Chapter of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
• Dental school students
• Approximately 80 uninsured area children
• Ms. Diane Cervi, patient coordinator and staff member
WHEN: 9:00 to noon, Friday, Feb. 1
WHERE: University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Salk Hall, 3501 Terrace St., Oakland
Note to Media: To cover this event, contact Stephanie Stanley at 412-855-8690 or

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