FREE DENTAL CHECKS FOR BOSTON CHILDRENMinority children face greatest need, stats show

Contact: Jackie Rubin, 617/638-4892 | jackier@bu.edu

BOSTON—Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUGSDM) will offer free dental screenings and sealants to kindergarten students at Orchard Gardens School, 906 Albany
Street in Boston, at 12:30 p.m. Friday, February 15.

The event coincides with National Children’s Dental Health Month and follows the recent release of the study, “Healthy Kids Ready to Learn: Toward Better Oral Health for Massachusetts School Children,” by BUGSDM, Delta Dental’s Catalyst Institute, and others. The report finds
Massachusetts‘ minority children are lacking in oral health status compared to their non-minority peers. Orchard Gardens has a more than 95 percent minority student population.

BUGSDM will provide free care through Smarter Smiles, a comprehensive, school-based program that provides oral health and nutrition education, preventive dental services, and dental treatment to students enrolled in kindergarten and grades 2, 4, and 6 at participating Boston Public
Schools at no cost to parents or caregivers.

“Smart Smiles allows oral health care providers to reach children who otherwise would have limited access to care,” says Assistant Dean for Community Partnerships and Extramural Affairs Dr. Michelle Henshaw. “This group includes Boston’s minority children, whom statistics now tell us are in greatest need of care.”

“Tooth decay has emerged as the most common chronic childhood disease. It is five times more common than asthma. With proper access to care and treatment, we can completely prevent the disease in Boston’s children.”

The mission of Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine is to provide excellent education to dental
professionals throughout their careers; to shape the future of dental medicine and dental education through research; to offer excellent health care services to the community; to participate in community activities; and to foster a respectful and supportive environment.