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NOVA’s Medical Education Campus Sponsors “Give Kids a Smile” on Feb. 3

January 27, 2012

Two hundred preschoolers to receive free dental services

What
The Medical Education Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will open its doors to 200 preschool  children for the 2012 Give Kids a Smile© event on Friday, Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. The annual program provides free dental services to children in underserved populations. 

The children, referred by the Northern Virginia Dental Society, will be seen by local volunteer dentists, hygienists and dental assistants for evaluations, cleanings and sealants. Children with advanced tooth decay will receive on-the-spot treatment to fill or extract teeth (with parental consent).

Where
Northern Virginia Community College, 6699 Springfield Center Drive, Springfield
Parking: Visitor’s Parking Lot, 1st level of the garage

When
Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon

Contact
Media interested in covering this event:  contact Jessica Baxter at 703-323-3288 or jbaxter@nvcc.edu

Background
Give Kids a Smile© events, which take place nationwide, are sponsored by the American Dental Society. In 2011, nearly 1,300 children received dental care from more than 1,100 dental volunteers nationwide. Since the program began in 2002, 10,630 patients have received care from dentists, hygienists and dental assistants with a value of $4,642,537 in services rendered.

According to Give Kids a Smile, tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in 53 percent of all 6 to 8 year olds and is dramatically on the rise for children up to the age of 5. Over 40 percent of all Americans fail to see a dentist every year and this number climbs to 70 percent within underserved populations.

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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.