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ATSU-ASDOH Provides Free Care for Uninsured Children at Annual Event, Give Kids A Smile

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ATSU Photo 1On Friday, Feb. 22, A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) and the Arizona Dental Foundation hosted the annual event, Give Kids A Smile (GKAS). About 500 uninsured and underinsured children received free dental care, a new record for the school. Service provided at this year’s event was valued at close to $200,000. 

ATSU-ASDOH students, faculty and alumni, and local volunteer dentists provided dental care. Children ages 6-12 from Mesa Public Schools, Apache Junction Unified School District and community organizations were prescreened to receive cleanings, fillings, sealants and extractions.

To reinforce healthy habits, the event was designed to make going to the dentist fun. The festivities included carnival games and face painting. Many dental students dressed as superheroes and other fictional characters to put kids at ease as they received care. 

ATSU Photo 2GKAS is a national program, launched in 2003 by the American Dental Association to reduce school absenteeism by preventing oral health issues. Since the program’s inception, more than 5.5 million underserved children across the country have received free services at a GKAS event. 

Courtesy of Anne Ackroyd, Public Relations Specialist, A.T. Still University

Published on March 13, 2019

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