Utah Jazz and TeamSmile to Provide Free Dental Care for Underprivileged Youth

SALT LAKE CITY – For the second year, the Utah Jazz and TeamSmile have partnered together to provide 300 underprivileged youth with complimentary dental care.

On Thursday, April 7, fourth through sixth-grade students from the Salt Lake City School District will receive cleanings, x-rays and fillings from volunteer dental professionals. The services will be provided in a fun and non-threatening environment with the hopes of educating children on the significance of good dental hygiene.

During the program, the kids will be treated to appearances by Jazz Bear, America First Jazz Dancers and team broadcaster Ron Boone. They will also have the chance to shoot baskets and enjoy music by a disc jockey.

At the end of the event, the children will receive dental care bags filled with toothpaste and toothbrushes. Last year, the team of volunteer dentists and dental hygienists performed $98,000 worth of dental work – including cleanings, fillings, sealants and extractions – at no charge.

“I realized that if we could take the spirit behind sports organizations and add it to a dental outreach event, we would create an experience where children would want to visit the dentist,” said TeamSmile co-founder Dr. Bill Busch.

TeamSmile is a non-profit organization based in Kansas City that creates partnerships with professional teams, local dentists, dental organizations, dental schools and area volunteers to help promote the importance of dental care.

WHO: 300 pre-selected students, Jazz Bear, America First Jazz Dancers and team broadcaster Ron Boone

WHAT: Utah Jazz and TeamSmile to provide free dental care to underprivileged youth

WHEN: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Media interested in covering this event should plan to arrive by 10 a.m. through the main entry at Gate five.

WHERE: Vivint Smart Home Arena 301 W. South Temple

Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

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