July 07, 2016

Media Advisory – Give Adults/Veterans A Smile Day

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to cover two events at Southern Illinois University Carbondale this week that provide free dental care to community members and veterans. 

The sixth annual “Give Adults a Smile Day” is Friday, July 8, at the SIU Dental Hygiene Clinic, 1365 Douglas Drive, located west of the SIU Arena. The inaugural “Give Veterans a Smile Day,” is Saturday, July 9, at the same location. 

Both events are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Organizers anticipate 150 to 175 people will receive dental care over the two-day period. In both events, patients 20 and older will receive free dental exams, X-rays, cleanings, and fluoride varnish. Veterans who do not have dental insurance are eligible for the Saturday, July 9 event 

Registered dental hygienists and area dentists, along with dental hygiene students from SIU Carbondale, will provide free dental care including examinations, x-rays, cleanings, and fluoride treatments. 

For more information, contact Jennifer S. Sherry, associate professor and event coordinator, at 618/453-8826 the day of the event, or by email at clnteth@siu.edu. More information on the university’s dental hygiene program is available at sah.siu.edu/undergraduate/dental-hygiene/index.php