News Release

UDM Dental School Presents "Give Kids a Smile"

Many children in Detroit will have a lot more to smile about. With the help of dentists, dental hygienists, faculty, staff and students, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry will provide free oral health care services to more than 150 children from low-income families on Saturday, February 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UDM's  Corktown Campus.

UDM Dental School will host the event; 4th year students of the dental program with our faculty supervising will put on the bulk care of the event.  The "Give Kids a Smile" program has been a success for the past decade.

"There are so many children in our area that have not seen a dentist," said Mert Aksu, dean of the School of Dentistry. "UDM's dental clinic provides care to the homeless, the elderly and AIDS patients, and this event reflects the University's mission to help others," he added.

"Give Kids A Smile" is a program designed for children, ages four through 16. The children get comprehensive dental care on the day and will be provided vouchers to come back to the UDM Dental Clinic to continue the free care thereafter. All participants will take home a free oral health kit containing toothpaste, floss… and a big smile.

This year's program received a $5,000 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation.

For more information, go to or call the UDM School of Dentistry at 313-494-6645. The school is located at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, off I-96, near downtown Detroit.

Release date: January 16, 2013

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 15th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges."