Western University of Health Sciences will provide free dental care to children 18 and younger as part of the Give Kids A Smile initiative from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at the WesternU Dental Center, 795 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766.

Free dental exams, sealants, fluoride treatments and cleanings will be provided by College of Dental Medicine faculty and students. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. If the Dental Care Center reaches capacity, children will receive a voucher to return for free services before the end of March.

Give Kids A Smile is an annual one-day volunteer initiative to provide free educational and preventative oral health services to children. A child’s primary teeth, sometimes called “baby teeth,” are as important as the permanent adult teeth. The American Dental Association recommends children visit a dentist no later than their first birthday. WesternU Dental Center and Tri-County Dental Society have teamed up to provide services to the children in the community.

To learn more, please contact Edith Jennison at (909) 469-8488 or ejennison@westernu.edu.