By Carissa Hutchinson

I’m 22 years old and I’ve never had a cavity. I won best smile in my sorority two years in a row and I love taking pictures. But I didn’t achieve my great smile on my own. Growing up I always saw my dentist for my semiannual checkups. I learned about the importance of oral health and how to take care of my teeth. Unfortunately, not all children have the same opportunity I did for this kind of care. In a couple of weeks the University Of Michigan School Of Dentistry will be doing their part to change that.

The school will be hosting ‘Give Kids a Smile Day on April 5. It’s first come, first serve and registration starts at 8:30am. Space is limited to the first 100 kids accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children ages of 5 – 14 years old, preferably without dental insurance are encourage to come. Dental cleanings, x-rays, sealants, fillings and extractions are the services that will be provide throughout the day.

Dental disease is almost entirely preventable. The goal of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry’s GKAS event is to help prevent dental disease from occurring and treat the ones that are already there.

I grew up with a smile on my face and I’m still smiling to this day. Give your child their best accessory they could even have and be sure to take them to ‘Give Kids a Smile Day’. For more information go to

Carissa Hutchinson is a senior at Ferris State University studying television and digital media production. She’s currently on two internships with CBS 62/CW50 Detroit and M-1 Studios in Ferndale. While attending college she was a very active member of Delta Zeta and the Media Communications Association. Take a look at Carissa’s work at


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