News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael McAllister
(803) 327-8032

January 31, 2013

*Note: This event is for children registered in advance through schools and social service agencies and not the general public.

York Technical College's Dental Programs to "Give Kids a Smile!"

ROCK HILLOn Friday, February 1, York Technical College's Dental Health Professions programs will participate in "Give Kids a Smile!" Day, part of a national effort by the American Dental Association (ADA) to give a day of free dental care to thousands of children in need. The event also coincides with the South Carolina Dental Association's (SCDA) celebration of Children's Dental Health Month.

The mission of the project is twofold: to provide dental healthcare and education for children who may not have access to this kind of care on a regular basis and to encourage parents to seek regular dental care for their children. According to the ADA and the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than half of all 5- to 9-year-old children have at least one cavity or filling.

The event has been organized by the Dental Health Professions Department's faculty and staff. The clinic expects to see approximately 39 children between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.

The clinic will be staffed by York Technical College students and faculty. Students will be involved in taking x-rays, cleaning teeth, applying dental sealants, and providing oral hygiene education.

“The annual GKAS national children’s dental access program enhances the oral health of large numbers of children in need of dental care,” said Edna Martin, York Tech’s Department Chair for Dental Health Professions. “This activity also fosters community awareness in our students, another aspect of York Tech’s commitment to student success.”

For more information about the national and statewide efforts, visit the websites of the American Dental Association ( or the South Carolina Dental Association (

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