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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Jan. 31, 2007

Local children to receive free dental care
from UNC dentistry faculty, residents

Friday (Feb. 2), 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Durham County Health Department
414 E. Main Street, Durham

Friday (Feb. 2), 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Gateway Education Center
3205 E. Wendover Ave., Greensboro

Media representatives are invited to sit in as faculty and dental residents from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry’s department of pediatric dentistry provide dental screenings, preventive care and restorative treatments in Durham and Greensboro as a part of the “Give Kids a Smile” national children’s dental access day.

Give Kids a Smile, founded by the American Dental Association, is held annually to provide free dental care to children from underserved communities and to raise awareness of the importance of access to dental care for children. The 2006 North Carolina Child Health Report Card reports that 20 percent of the state’s kindergartners have untreated tooth decay.

Drs. Jonelle Grant, Elizabeth Prada, Rhonda Kearney, Julie Molina and Antonio Braithwaite, pediatric dentistry residents at UNC, will provide care to children in the Head Start program in Durham County. Dr. Gary Hill, an adjunct faculty member at the School of Dentistry, is coordinating the health department visit.

Dr. Bill Vann, a pediatric dentist and UNC professor, and Dr. Raymond Tseng, a resident in pediatric dentistry, will provide care to children at Greensboro’s Gateway Education Center, which serves special needs students.

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School of Dentistry contact: Deb Saine, (919) 966-2731 or deborah_saine@dentistry.unc.edu