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WVU School of Dentistry 'Gives Kids a Smile' at Annual Event

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Eshaal Ali shows off her smile with her mom Nasira Roidad, after receiving her first dental exam at the WVU School Dentistry. Eshaal Ali shows off her smile with her mom Nasira Roidad, after receiving her first dental exam at the WVU School Dentistry.
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The WVU School of Dentistry hosts the Give Kids a Smile event each year to celebrate Children's Dental Health Month.

Parents bring their kids from ages one to seventeen in to get check ups.

Like Nasira Roidad who brought her daughter Eshaal to have her first dentist appointment.

"Of course it's difficult to find good dental care and it can also be a little bit pricey too so this was a good opportunity to let her have her first visit with the dentist," said Roidad.

The U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health says that nearly one in six children will have a cavity by age 17.

And nearly eight in 10 children already have dental decay.

The check-ups are usually informative for the parents.

"I didn't know that she should probably be flossing because her teeth are touching," Roidad said. "And also making sure that she's getting all of her teeth cleaned. She told me that up until age 8 I should be assisting her and brushing her teeth so that was something I want to make sure that I'm involved in every day with her."

Dr. Jennifer Hill, the Pediatric specialist at the WVU School of Dentistry, said helping the patients learn how to keep their teeth health is also a learning experience for students at the school.

"This is a very important service because it's outreach for us," said Dr. Hill. "It involves Dental Hygiene students, dental students, we have a number of our volunteer adjunct faculty that come out and help out on this day. it's a terrific practice builder for us because we're constantly recruiting new patients."

All of the appointments are provided for free by students or dentists volunteering their time.

"It was very nice, it was wonderful," said Roidad. "The dental student gave us really good information about preventative measures for her and what I should be doing and shouldn't be doing. And so we had a really nice experience here."

The Dentistry School saw more than 80 patients for free exams on Friday.