WILLIAMSVILLE—50 Erie Community College Dental Hygiene students will utilize Getzville's Just 4 Me Pediatric and Adolescent Dental Care offices to provide free dental care to several hundred children from Erie and Niagara County as part of the American Dental Association-sponsored Give Kids a Smile Day, set for Friday, February 7 from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The ADA's nationally recognized day—now in its 12th year—is a promoted dentistry initiative to bring disadvantaged children into dental offices for free treatment. Many have never been to a dentist before. But in partnership with Just 4 Me dentist and ECC alum Marti Peterson, the college's senior dental students will provide cleanings and information about dental care to a day's worth of new patients.
"This is a great opportunity to not only give our students an on-site learning opportunity, but also to service our surrounding communities," said ECC President Jack Quinn, who plans to visit and observe his college's students on Friday at 9:00 a.m.
ECC's Dental Hygiene students usually perform such free services for adults at their North Campus clinic. Through the fall and spring semesters, students apply classroom lessons about preventive care by assisting local patients with cleanings, x-rays and cancer screenings.
Just 4 Me Pediatric and Adolescent Dental Care is located at 1660 Hopkins Road in Getzville.
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state's SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC's faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.