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Statehouse Atrium to be Site for Children's Dental Access Event - Ohio Legislators to Mingle With Children and Dentists for This Free Care Event!
Date:1/18/2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 175 students from the Academy of Columbus, an Imagine charter school, will receive free dental care at the sixth annual Give Kids A Smile! Day state kick-off in Columbus on Friday, Feb.1.

This year's official state kick-off will be held in the Atrium at the Ohio Statehouse with dentists, dental volunteers, students and faculty from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, legislators and other dignitaries participating. At the event, students from the second, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades will receive free dental screenings, fluoride varnishes and Toothprints. Several children will also receive restorative care that day in the OSU mobile dental unit, the Dental Health Outreach Mobile Experience (H.O.M.E.). The dental volunteers and mobile unit will return to the Academy of Columbus at a later date to examine and provide needed care to the other grades.

Give Kids A Smile! is an annual program developed by the American Dental Association and held by the Ohio Dental Association in an effort to help underserved children receive needed dental care and to raise awareness about access to dental care.

Dr. Henry Fields, president of the Ohio Dental Association and former dean of the OSU College of Dentistry, said the awareness of GKAS is important. "I think the value of GKAS is to highlight the needs of children who continue to need care for the most basic of health needs like dentistry and specifically in Ohio where dental health is the number one need for the underserved and minority populations," he said. "Further, it provides recognition to those in the dental profession willing to volunteer and provide free care to those in need. What better celebration than to draw attention to those in need and those trying to erase the disparity?"

The official kick-off will also launch other Ohio GKAS day events in Ohio that day and throughout the year in which children who would ot
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