Children learned about dental hygiene while waiting for care at the Texas Mission of Mercy/Give Kids a Smile event at UTSD earlier this month. Photo by Dwight C. Andrews.
Video from this month’s Texas Mission of Mercy and Give Kids a Smile combined events is now available online, thanks to Edgar Veliz of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Office of Media Relations. Veliz is the media relations assistant assigned to the School of Dentistry and School of Nursing. He was instrumental in securing media coverage for TMOM/GKAS, but also took time to interview event leaders.
The School of Dentistry and Greater Houston Dental Society usually team up in February to present Give Kids a Smile Day -- a day of free dental care for area children. This year, UTSD and GHDS invited the Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation to conduct a Texas Mission of Mercy at the school concurrently.
Nearly 18 months in the planning, the combined events brought approximately 1,000 volunteers together to provide free dental care over two days to nearly 1,400 patients, including 400 children.