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Give Kids a Smile!

Dr. Youseph Kassar, MCHD Dentistry’s program director, and Dr. Jordan Snyder gave kids a smile Friday as the Monongalia County Health Department once again participated in the annual event, Give Kids a Smile!

The American Dental Association (ADA) launched Give Kids a Smile! in 2003 as a way for dental care providers to join with others in their communities to offer free dental services to underserved children.

This was the 13th year for MCHD Dentistry’s Give Kids a Smile!

Children 18 years old and under without dental insurance were eligible and 34 took advantage of the service.

During a 30- to 40-minute appointment, children received a dental checkup, a cleaning and a flouride treatment with a dental hygienist and were seen by Kassar or Snyder.

Each year, about 300,000 children nationally benefit from more than 1,500 Give Kids a Smile! events, thanks to the efforts of about 6,500 dentists and 25,000 other dental team members.

“Kids who get through childhood with fewer cavities will do better in school, be able to eat a healthier diet and will have a better chance of good dental health as an adult,” Kassar said.

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