Community partners rally behind childhood health

February 4, 2017 – More than 60 Inukai Family youth received free dental screenings, x-rays, cleanings, extractions, fillings, and more thanks to a partnership with Pacific University School of Dentistry as part of the annual Give Kids a Smile Day on February 4. The event, which has become an annual fixture for many Club families, brought together community members and volunteers to help provide care for its youth that otherwise have access.

Youth not only got their cleaned and care for, but learned all about proper brushing and flossing techniques, how cavities are formed, and how to choose healthy snacks.

“As a part of this event, kids are also able to get some ideas and education about brushing and flossing, good snacks to eat, and teaching them about sugar bugs,” said Ashley, second year dental care student at Pacific University. “The volunteers and students are really excited to be a part of this and help children in need.”

For some Boys & Girls Club youth, this event was the first time they’ve visited a dentist.

“Dental Day is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Inukai Club Director, Rachel Parker. “Our families always look forward to this event, returning year after year, shaking hands to thank the volunteers, and commenting about how impressed they are at the care that is shown to their kids. Partnerships like this are essential for bringing together our community and providing the best possible outcomes for our families.”

On the same day, 20 additional Boys & Girls Club youth attended a free health fair for youth thanks to Multnomah Dental Society. Youth were able to receive health and vision screenings, dental care, and more.