News Release

February 5, 2004

Contact: Kristina Goodnough, 860-679-3700

Media Invitation

Dental Students from UConn Health Center Help Give Hartford Kids a Smile

FARMINGTON, CONN. - Carrying goody bags filled with spinning toothbrushes and free toothpaste, dental students from the UConn Health Center will visit second and third grades in Hartford public schools Friday afternoon between 1 and 3 p.m. to promote healthy teeth and smiles.

About 750 youngsters will receive the gifts, watch tooth brushing demonstrations and learn about taking care of their teeth from the dental students participating in the 2nd annual “Give Kids a Smile” program sponsored by the American Dental Association. Besides providing free oral health care, the goal of the program is to highlight the challenges low-income and disabled children face in gaining access to dental care.

“This will be a fun afternoon for us,” says Cristina Santos, fourth year dental student and leader of the American Student Dental Association at the Health Center. “We are looking forward to spending some time with the children.”

For specific times and places of the dental students’ presentations, contact Kristina Goodnough at 860-679-3700 or

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