Boston City Council Recognizes Smart Smiles for Treating 4000 Kids and Counting

in BU In the Community, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Health & Medicine, News Releases
July 15th, 2011

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

Contacts:
Jackie Rubin
Assistant Director of
Publications & Media Relations
Boston University Henry M. Goldman
School of Dental Medicine
617-638-4892, jackier@bu.edu

Andrea Grossman
Public Relations Specialist
Health Sciences Campus
Tufts University
617-636-3728, andrea.grossman@tufts.edu

(Boston) – Highlighting the need for oral health care for Boston’s children, Boston City Council has signed an official resolution, offered by Councilor Rob Consalvo, in recognition of Smart Smiles for providing an estimated $400,000 in free dental care.

Smart Smiles is a preventive dentistry program offering comprehensive dental services—screenings, sealants, fluoride, X-rays, cleanings, fillings, education, referrals, and follow-up—by dentists and hygienists to Boston children in the best place to find them: public elementary schools. It is a partnership among Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM), Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM), and Commonwealth Mobile Oral Health Services (CMOHS).

“Every day children in Massachusetts go to school with painful tooth aches,” says Dr. Michelle Henshaw, GSDM assistant dean for community partnerships and extramural affairs. “By eliminating barriers to dental care, Smart Smiles is able to provide the treatment the children need so they can concentrate in school. Once treatment is completed, Smart Smiles’ ongoing preventive services help to keep the children’s teeth healthy.”

The Council recognized Smart Smiles’ “outstanding work & future commitment to providing free dental care and education to over 4000 children in the Boston Public Schools.”

Smart Smiles came to Boston’s second- and third-grade classrooms in 2004 after a survey revealed that only 36 percent of third graders had a dental sealant, a thin coating placed over teeth to prevent cavities. The program has since expanded to offer new services to more students at nearly every public elementary school in the city.

To find out if Smart Smiles is visiting your child’s school this year, call the GSDM Division of Community Health Programs at 617-638-6383 and ask for Smart Smiles.

About Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine:

The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine will be the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population.

We will provide outstanding service to a diverse group of students, patients, faculty, staff, alumni, and healthcare professionals within our facilities, our community, and the world.

We will shape the future of the profession through scholarship, creating and disseminating new knowledge, developing and using innovative technologies and educational methodologies, and by promoting critical thinking and lifelong learning.

We will do so in an ethical, supportive environment, consistent with our core values of respect, truth, responsibility, fairness, compassion; and our operational values of excellence, service and effective communication in synergy with the strategic plan of Boston University.

We will support this mission using responsible financial policies and philanthropy.

About Tufts University School of Dental Medicine:

Founded in 1868, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) is committed to leadership in education, patient care, research and community service. Students obtain an interdisciplinary education, integrated with medicine, with access to training in dental specialties. Clinics managed at TUSDM provide quality comprehensive care to more than 18,000 diverse individuals annually, including those requiring special needs. Nationally and internationally, the School promotes health and educational programs and researches new procedures, materials and technologies to improve oral health.

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