Give Kids a Smile Day, held on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the JBECDM, helped 75 children in need and provided over $30,000 in treatment. Approximately 100 volunteer dentists, students, hygenists and staff participated.

Give Kids a Smile Day is designed to provide free and accesible dental care to local chidren in need. In addition, its goal is to raise awareness of the epidemic of untreated dental disease occurring locally and nationally and create local public and private partnerships to increase access to oral health care to solve this crisis.

The James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine has been hosting Give Kids A Smile events for 12 years in the community as a way to provide free dental care to local children who desperately need it.

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. Each year, approximately 450,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events, all because of the efforts of 40,000 or more annual volunteers nationwide.

Give Kids a Smile Day 2014 at MUSC, lead by Dr. Katherine Renne, was another success. For those interested in getting involved or partnering with MUSC for future Give Kids a Smile days, contact the MUSC Pediatric Dentistry Clinic at 843-876-8815.

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