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Kids get free dental care at 'Give Kids a Smile!' clinic

Toothy, the School of Dentistry mascot, shares his oversized toothbrush with 6-year-old Sorena, one of the young patients in the waiting room.

Rosemary Tran, left, a pediatric dentistry resident, and Melissa Keil (D3).

A patient relaxes as Manasi Vasavada (D3), left, assists Shreea Handa (D3).

Faculty member Dr. Larry Salzmann examines a boy’s teeth as he consults with John Jurkas (D3).

Sam Flores returns to the waiting room to show her mom, Alexandra Ramirez, her newly cleaned teeth. Watching is student Melissa Keil (D3), who performed part of Sam's dental care.

Six-year-old Hikari Fujii poses after her exam with student Lissandre Dufresne (D3) in front of one of the ocean-themed wall displays created by dental students.

Students Shreea Handa (D3), left, and Manasi Vasavada (D3) pose with 6-year-old Layan Buttrus, who drew portraits of the students and herself while she waited during breaks in her treatment.

Ann Arbor, Mich., April 7, 2017 -– Smiles were the order of the day Saturday as children from around southeast Michigan came to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry for free dental examinations.

The “Give Kids a Smile!” clinic is an annual event sponsored by the school in association with the American Dental Association, the Washtenaw District Dental Society and the Michigan Dental Association.

More than 40 children ages 3-18 attended the event. Dental and dental hygiene students, under the supervision of faculty, provided a variety of treatments, from basic exams, x-rays and cleanings to restorative work and a few extractions.

Most patients came from Washtenaw County, but others traveled to Ann Arbor from Genessee, Ingham, Oakland and Wayne counties. About 90 of the school’s students volunteered for the clinic.

The American Dental Association started “Give Kids a Smile!” in 2003 as a way for the dental community to provide free services for underprivileged kids.


The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at:
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