WVU dental school helps give kids a smile

Several families took advantage of free exams

The American Dental Association Foundation's Give Kids A Smile program was first launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003. More than 5.5 million underserved children have received free oral health services through the initiative.

Our university is proud to participate in the program and volunteer.

A brother and sister show off the new tools they received to help keep their smiles bright.The WVU School of Dentistry Pediatrics Clinic opens 135 appointments for each child to receive exams and more than $100 worth of services.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children see a dentist after they get their first baby tooth and no later than their first birthday. An early visit enables a dentist to determine the child’s risk of cavities so that preventive action can be taken before the first cavity appears.

See the gallery of photos of our faculty and student volunteers working on Give Kids a Smile day.