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Published in Media Alerts on January 31, 2013 (PDF)

More than 1,000 elementary students to receive free oral screenings at UMMC, Jackson Medical Mall

Media Contact: Matt Westerfield at 601-984-1104 or

WHAT: An estimated 1,100 children from Dawson, Galloway and Walton elementary schools in Jackson will receive free dental care as part of Give Kids a Smile Day, an annual event providing dental services to children from underserved communities. The event is part of the Give Kids a Smile National Children’s Access Day, founded by the American Dental Association.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 1

WHERE: UMMC School of Dentistry and Jackson Medical Mall

WHY: Give Kids a Smile Day and the annual Rush to Brush 5K run/walk set for Saturday, Feb. 2, aim to raise awareness of National Children’s Dental Health Month. Nearly one in four children between ages 2 and 11 have untreated cavities in their baby teeth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since the ADA founded Give Kids a Smile Day in 2003, more than 40,000 dental team members and volunteers each year screen approximately 450,000 children nationwide. The event’s message underscores that, despite the generous charity care dentists give, untreated cavities and other dental diseases remain common in the nation’s children.