Pitt Dental Medicine Gives Kids a Smile

By: Courtney Caprara


Faculty, residents and students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine opened the doors to the Salk Hall pediatric dentistry clinic on Friday, Jan. 29 for the 14th annual “Give Kids a Smile” (GKAS) event. Since 2003, Pitt Dental Medicine has been providing thousands of dollars of free care to local uninsured children through GKAS.

GKAS spans two days, with the first day focusing on preventative treatments such as cleanings and x-rays, while the second day focuses on more advanced treatments, GiveKidsaSmile2016-9418such as extractions and fillings. This year’s event was carnival themed, complete
with popcorn and games for patients in the waiting room.

Through participation in GKAS, Pitt Dental Medicine students learn the importance of using their profession to give back. The school’s efforts were recognized this year with the E. “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award, a grant from the American Dental Association Foundation honoring the significant contributions to the community.

To learn more about GKAS and the Tarrson Award, visit the Pitt Dental Medicine website.