The Medical Education Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will open its doors to more than 400 preschool children for the 2016 Give Kids A Smile© event on Friday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The annual program provides free dental services to children in underserved populations.
The children, generally part of the Arlington County Head Start Program and referred by the Northern Virginia Dental Society, will be seen by local volunteer dentists, hygienists and dental assistants for evaluations, prophylaxis (teeth polishing) and fluoride treatments, and referred on if they need more extensive treatment.
NOVA’s Medical Education Campus, 6699 Springfield Center Drive, Springfield VA 22150
Parking is available on the 1st level of the parking garage in spaces marked Visitor.
Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Give Kids A Smile© began in 2003. The events, which take place nationwide, are sponsored by the American Dental Society. During 2015, it is estimated there will be 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 this event 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. This year, Mission of Mercy will be held Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.