February 10, 2021

Register now for SIU’s Give Kids a Smile on March 12

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Dental Hygiene Program will once again be hosting its popular annual “Give Kids a Smile Day” on March 12 for children. However, this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a limited number of appointments will be available, so call early to reserve a spot.

The event is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the SIU Carbondale Community Dental Center, located west of the Banterra Center.

Free dental care for kids

The program provides a wide variety of free dental services to children from infants to the age of 14. Included are dental examinations, X-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings and simple extractions.

Dozens of students and faculty from SIU’s Dental Hygiene Program, along with volunteer dentists and hygienists from the region, provide the free care. The goal is to serve children who don’t receive regular dental treatment or have regular access to dental care. 

The program, which is part of SIU’s School of Health Sciences, is in its 18th year. Safety protocols will be followed during the event to comply with the Restore Illinois plan and guidelines from local and state health departments.

Sign up now

Appointments are available on a first-come, first served basis at 618-453-8826. For more information, contact Jennifer M. Meyer, clinical instructor and “Give Kids a Smile Day” coordinator, at jenn10@siu.edu or 618-453-8826.