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Nassau County Dentists Address Access With Free Care for Underserved Kids

Friday, February 1, 2008 General News J E 4
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WHAT: More than 200 dentists, hygienists and auxiliary volunteers will provide dental screenings, education and goody-bag for some 1800 kindergarten children of Nassau's underserved communities. The morning outreach event, sponsored by the Nassau County Dental Society, is part of the American Dental Association's "Give Kids A Smile" program in which some 51,000 dental professionals will provide free dental services to an estimated 500,000 children from low-income families, nationwide. The outreach program will be followed by an "Access to Care" conference. 2008 marks the fifth year that Nassau County Dental Society volunteers have addressed access to dental care with a Give Kids A Smile day.



WHO:

Dr. Mark J. Feldman, D.M.D., President, American Dental Association



Dr. Stephen Gold, D.D.S., President, New York State Dental Association



Thomas Suozzi, Nassau County Executive



Amy Paulin, Assemblywoman, sponsor, NYS dental certificate law for school children



Steve Kess, representative of Henry Schein Dental, a national sponsor of Give Kids A Smile



Representatives: the Nassau County Dental Society, the New York State Dental Association, the Oral Health Coalition of Nassau-Suffolk, and the New York State Oral Health Coalition



WHERE:

Cradle of Aviation Museum

Charles Lindbergh Blvd.

Garden City, NY 11530

516-572-4111



WHEN:

Friday, February 1

9:30 a.m. - 1:30p.m. Receive children, provide dental screenings and education

12:30 p.m. Conference participants arrive

1:30 p.m. - 2:30p.m. "Access to Care Conference" (Children will not be present)



WHY: Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease affecting American children, five times more common than asthma. And reversing a half century of progress, recent CDC data shows that tooth decay is on the rise among preschoolers. Untreated oral disease has been linked to childhood infections and more catastrophic illnesses and greatly restricts children's daily activities, resulting in the loss of many millions of hours of classroom time each year.



MEDIA OPS:

1800 children receive dental screenings

Children view an educational video

Children receive oral hygiene instruction

National, state and county dental officers and public officials discuss solutions to access to oral health care issues.

Newly launched North Shore-LIJ Hospital Mobile Dental Van on site for media inspection



CONTACTS: Dr. Michael Shreck, Chairman, Nassau County Dental Society Give Kids A Smile Committee, +1-516-448-5008; or Dr. Nicholas Tucci, Chairman, Access to Care Committee, +1-516-850-1086



/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Jan. 31/



SOURCE Nassau County Dental Society
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