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Published in Media Alerts on February 06, 2014 (PDF)

Volunteers to clean, assess teeth of nearly 1,200 Jackson children during Give Kids a Smile day at UMMC

Media Contact: Marc Rolph at 601-984-1100 or mrolph@umc.edu.

WHAT: Nearly 1,200 Jackson children will receive dental cleanings and exams from volunteers including UMMC School of Dentistry faculty members and students in dentistry, dental hygiene and dental assistant programs during the annual Give Kids a Smile day at UMMC.

WHEN: 10-11 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 7
 
WHERE: University of Mississippi School of Dentistry
 
DIRECTIONS AND MEDIA PARKING:
Enter the UMMC campus from Lakeland Drive at the Peachtree Street traffic signal. Continue straight to the three-way stop sign. The parking lot directly in front of the Verner S. Holmes Learning Resource Center is your destination. Turn left and then IMMEDIATELY make two right turns into the parking lot. At the gate, push the button and tell the attendant you’re with the media to see Public Affairs.
 
WHY:
Good oral hygiene promotes overall health. However, many Mississippi children don’t receive regular dental care. Through the national Give Kids a Smile program, children from three Jackson Public Schools – Casey Elementary, Galloway Elementary and Johnson Elementary – will receive free dental exams, cleanings, sealants and referrals for any necessary additional care. Volunteers include students and faculty from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry; the Dental Hygiene program at the University of Mississippi School of Health Related Professions; and Delta Technical College’s Dental Assistant program.