For Immediate Release
Contact: Kaylyn Kendall Dines
UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School
UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School Offers Free Community Health Programs
February is Children's Dental Health Month
Dental health professionals at the University of
Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) will offer two free
community-outreach initiatives during the month of February in
celebration of Children's Dental Health Month. One program will
be held on Wednesday, Feb. 4, and the other on Sunday, Feb. 29.
On Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., more than 250
children ages 12 and under will receive free dental care as part
of the 2nd Annual Give Kids A Smile! at the UMDNJ-New
Jersey Dental School, 110 Bergen Street, in Newark. Games, clowns
and face painting will be provided for the children in the pediatric
waiting room. Five additional sites offering this free program
on the same day are:
University Dental Center at Somerdale Square
13 Somerdale Square, Somerdale
New Jersey Dental Center at Newton
238 Spring Street, Newton
University Dental Center at Haddon Heights
506 White Horse Pike East, Haddon Heights
UMDNJ-School of Health Related Professions
1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains
John H. Cronin Dental Center at Northfield
235 Dolphin Avenue, Northfield
The purpose of Give Kids A Smile!, a national children's dental
health access day program, is to provide disadvantaged children
with free preventive and emergency dental health care including
filling cavities, dental cleaning and extracting teeth. This national
program was created by the American Dental Association (ADA).
The second activity, the 7th Annual Children's Dental
Health Day, will be held on Sunday, Feb. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m., at Liberty Science Center, 251 Phillips Street, in Jersey
About 3,000 children are expected to attend this event, which
is designed to educate families about proper oral hygiene, prevention
and nutrition. Approximately 150 students and faculty will volunteer
at interactive dental learning stations and distribute free toothbrushes.
Faculty and students from the Department of Allied Dental Education
at the UMDNJ-School of Health Related Professions will host exhibits
and demonstrations that promote healthy nutrition and oral hygiene.
Carnival-style games will be offered including a bowling game
that challenges children to prevent tooth decay and Drill-n-Fill,
which allows youth to use clay while filling cavities in plastic
Liberty Science Center charges $8 for children and $10 for adults.
One coupon per family is available prior to the event which allows
one child to be admitted for free when accompanied by a paying
adult. For more information, call Deb Goldsmith at (973) 972-4710.
Children's Dental Health Day is sponsored by the UMDNJ-New Jersey
Dental School, Delta Dental Plan of New Jersey, Inc., the UMDNJ-School
of Health Related Professions and the Hudson County Dental Society.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
comprises the state's only three medical schools, its only dental
school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, school of health
related professions, school of nursing and a school of public
health on campuses in Newark, Piscataway/New Brunswick, Scotch
Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ also operates UMDNJ-University
Hospital in Newark and University Behavioral HealthCare. It is
affiliated with more than 200 health care and educational institutions
throughout the state.