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NOVA’s Medical Education Campus to provide free dental care through Give Kids A Smile, Feb. 10

What
The Medical Education Campus (MEC) of Northern Virginia Community College will open its doors to more than 400 preschool children for the 2017 Give Kids A Smile© event on Friday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The annual program provides free dental services to children in underserved populations. Virginia Governor Terry R. McAuliffe is expected to be in attendance for this year’s event.

The children, generally part of the Arlington County Head Start Program and referred by the Northern Virginia Dental Society, will be seen by dental hygiene students enrolled in the program at the MEC and local dentists, hygienists and dental assistants who volunteer through the NVDS. Children will receive evaluations, prophylaxis (teeth polishing) and fluoride treatments. Patients will be referred if they need extensive dental treatment.

Where
NOVA’s Medical Education Campus, 6699 Springfield Center Drive, Springfield VA 22150 Medical Education Campus Dental Clinic, Room 132, located on the first floor. 
Parking is available on the 1st level of the parking garage in spaces marked Visitor.

When
Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Background
Give Kids A Smile© began in 2003. The events, which take place nationwide, are sponsored by the American Dental Society. During 2015, there were 1,377 events across the nation, with 7,882 dentists and 25,653 other dental professionals serving more than 325,000 children.

NOVA’s Medical Education Campus hosts Give Kids A Smile in February each year. In addition, the MEC hosts the annual Mission of Mercy (MoM), an event that provides free dental care to underserved adults. Patients can register for Mission of Mercy through the Northern Virginia Dental Society at 703-642-5297. This year, Mission of Mercy will be held on Friday, March 10th and Saturday, March 11th from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Media Contact: Kristina Ogburn | 703.503.6338 | kogburn@nvcc.edu

 

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.

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