As part of the National Gives Kids A Smile® Program, students from several elementary schools across our District received free dental care from the College of Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University (NSU).
Students received examinations, cleanings, oral health education, preventive and restorative services at no cost. Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) teamed up with NSU and sent students and teachers from nine elementary schools in the county to receive the free dental care. The elementary schools included, Charles Drew Elementary School, Cypress Elementary School, Deerfield Beach Elementary School, Deerfield Park Elementary School, Markham Elementary School, Park Ridge Elementary School, Pompano Beach Elementary School, Sanders Elementary School and Tedder Elementary School.
The U.S. Surgeon General reports that tooth decay is the most common disease of childhood, five times more common than asthma, and children don’t learn when they are suffering from dental pain. In addition, it is estimated that more than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illness.
Students and attendees enjoyed a fun atmosphere with former Miami Dolphins player O.J. McDuffie and cheerleaders, Florida Panthers mascot Stanley C. Panther, face painters, balloon artists, clowns, music, Elsa and Anna from “Frozen,” and “Timmy the Tooth.” To watch a video recap of the fun-filled day, click here.
About Give Kids A Smile: The ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile program is one of the world’s largest oral health charitable programs. Launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003, Give Kids A Smile is an access-to-care endeavor designed to encourage parents, health professionals, and policymakers to address the year-round need for oral health care and education for all children. To find out more about Give Kids A Smile, visit www.adafoundation.org/GKAS.