A patient receives care at the Regis Dental Center
A patient receives care at the Regis Dental Center

Regis students in the university’s dental hygiene program provided free dental hygiene services to over 80 children as part of the American Dental Association’s signature Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) event, which promotes access to oral health care for underserved children. Patients received free dental exams, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants at the Regis College Dental Center in Waltham.

“The dental hygiene program at Regis instills in students the latest dental hygiene practices and, in alignment with the university’s mission, the importance of serving those in the greatest of need,” said Regis College Dental Hygiene Program Director Karen D. Hallisey-Pesa, DMD. “The Give Kids A Smile event offers a wonderful opportunity for our students to serve the community while also gaining important, hands-on experience in providing care to pediatric and adolescent patients.”

The Regis Dental Center once again partnered with the Framingham Public School system to bring free dental services to the children of the community. The Metropolitan District Dental Society and the Pilgrim Church of Sherborn generously provided a donation to help support the event.

To date, over seven million children across the country have received free oral health services from thousands of dentists, dental students, and dental team volunteers through the GKAS program.

The Regis Dental Center is an educational facility that provides affordable dental care services to Waltham and the surrounding community. Services such as dental cleanings and exams, teeth whitening, x-ray services, periodontal assessments and oral cancer screenings are provided by Regis dental hygiene students under direct supervision of faculty. The fully equipped center features 20 dental treatment areas, a full complement of x-ray technology and a laboratory space. The center is open for the academic year and accepting new patients.