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NOVA’s Medical Education Campus to host Give Kids A Smile, Feb. 6

More than two hundred preschoolers to receive free dental services

The Medical Education Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will open its doors to more than 200 preschool children for the 2015 Give Kids A Smile© event on Friday, Feb. 6, from 8 a.m. until 3 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, cleanings and sealants. Children with advanced tooth decay will receive on-the-spot treatment to fill or extract teeth (with parental consent) or will be referred for more extensive service.

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. 6, from 8 a.m. to 3 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.

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. More than 40 percent of all Americans fail to see a dentist every year and this number climbs to 70 percent within underserved populations.

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 approximately 850 to 1,000 underserved adults. This year, Mission of Mercy will be held Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14.

Media Contact: Kathy Thompson | 703.764.0896 | kthompson@nvcc.edu

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 NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.