School of Dental Medicine gives kids a smile

By Staff
Photo by Glenn J. Asakawa

Photo by Glenn J. Asakawa

It was a day of big smiles for more than 125 young dental patients who gathered Friday, Feb. 5, at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine for free dental care. Some 30 dentists and dental hygienists, from the school and from private practice, donated their time and expertise as part of the 2010 Give Kids a Smile event.

"I can't begin to find words to thank your organization, the wonderful staff that treated him today and any others involved with this program," said Michelle Conder, mother of one of the patients. "Today was not just about my son getting some beyond horrible dental issues taken care of, it was about giving my son confidence, self-esteem, a smile, a new outlook on life and a brighter future. You've changed his life with your mission and generosity and I wanted to make sure you knew this."

Give Kids a Smile Day was started eight years ago by the American Dental Association. Taking place in every state, it is the nation's largest proactive approach to help children from low-income families with their dental needs, and to draw attention to the problem that many families face when trying to access basic dental care.