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Howard University Holds Give Kids A Smile Day

WI Staff Writer | 2/17/2010, 3:13 p.m.

Dozens of dentists and dental assistants from the Washington area and Howard University dental students crammed the basement of the university's College of Dentistry, Feb. 5 to provide free dental care for 180 students from Simon Elementary School in Southeast. The dental screenings were a part of €Give Kids A Smile Day€, an event promoting preventative dental care for young children. The American Dental Association and its local chapter, the D.C. Dental Association, sponsored the event and offered services as volunteers.

The D.C. region has enacted several measures to bring heightened awareness to the lack of proper dental care following the 2007 death of twelve-year-old Diamonte Driver. The young man had complained for more than six weeks of headaches, caused by an abscessed tooth. The infection eventually spread to his brain.

The American Dental Association and its local chapter, the D.C. Dental Association, sponsored the event at Howard University to heighten the importance of preventative dental care for young children.
Dr. John Drum and dental assistants Tehut Meheretu, left, and Shindy Ventura, right, examine one of the 180 students from Simon Elementary School in Southeast.Courtesy Photo
The American Dental Association and its local chapter, the D.C. Dental Association, sponsored the event at Howard University to heighten the importance of preventative dental care for young children.Courtesy Photo

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