Sheridan College to Host Annual Give Kids a Smile Event This Saturday


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The annual Give Kids a Smile event will take place this Saturday, Feb. 17 in the Whitney Health Science wing Dental Hygiene Clinic at Sheridan College. Dental hygiene students and faculty, in partnership with community dentists and hygienists, will volunteer their time to provide free dental cleanings, radiographs, sealants and fluoride treatments for local kids. Community dentists will also provide dental exams to patients free of charge.

The American Dental Association sponsors the event and provides the supplies. Sheridan College provides the clinic space and schedules all appointments with patients. Appointments will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

“We are excited to provide these services to the children of the Sheridan community,” said Janine Sasse-Englert, RDH, MS, Director of Sheridan College’s Dental Hygiene Program. “It gives our students the chance to participate in service learning and see the “volunteerism spirit” in action while partnering with our professional colleagues.”

Through the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids a Smile program, launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003, more than 5.5 million underserved children have received free oral health services. These free services are provided by volunteers including approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members.

The Sheridan College Dental Hygiene Program is a scientifically oriented, rigorous, and intensive area of study designed to develop competent dental hygienists who uphold professional and ethical standards through critical thinking and evidence-based decision making. The program also runs the Sheridan College Dental Clinic, which provides low-cost, high-quality dental hygiene services for the entire community.