September 2018 Volume LIII Number 5

 
 
 
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Dental Home Day

September 2018 Volume LIII Number 5

Ohana means family. Waianae gave over 80 children a Dental Home.

More than 80 children from Waianae Coast communities received free dental care along with a big dose of fun at
the sixth annual Dental Home Day held at Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC). For participat-
ing children, the event was the first visit in a full year of free dental care at WCCHC thanks in part to a grant by Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the support of Sunstar Americas.

On Oahu, Healthy Smiles has granted a total of $65,000 over the past 24 months to three community health centers: Waianae Coast Comprehen- sive Health Center (Access to Care Grant), Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services (first President’s Grant), and Kalihi-Palama Health Center (Access to Care Grant provided 2016-2017).

"As individuals and as an organization, pediatric dentists embrace the opportunity to help children live better lives by addressing their oral health needs. We are honored to help these local healthcare organizations that are dedicated to providing underserved children with healthy smiles," said Dr. Ned L. Savide, Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children president.

"We are grateful to Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children for their grant to support our pediatric dental program.  Dental Home Day has been a fun way to celebrate this generous gift while also giving visiting dentists a chance to share with children and their family members how important early and consistent dental care is to their overall health," said Dr. Dan Fujii, WCCHC Dental director.

Dental Home Day at AAPD 2019 will take place in Chicago, Ill., on May 22, 2019. To learn more about Dental Home Day and how to become involved, please contact Michelle Hidalgo at (312) 337-2169 or mhidalgo@aapd.org.

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