Listen to Dr. Williams talk about Give Kids a Smile on WHBC's Ron Ponder Show.
Living rooms are a place to relax after a long day of work and busy activities. However, that wasn’t the case in the Williams household earlier this month.
On January 12, I sat, paced, sat and paced for nearly four hours watching my beloved Buckeyes win their eighth national championship. What a performance and what a season! I was fortunate enough to spend eight years in Columbus and earn both of my degrees from The Ohio State University. Needless to say, I am a proud alumnus.
Proud to Be a Buckeye, Even Prouder to Be Part of Give Kids a Smile
It got me thinking about other times I've been proud to be a Buckeye, and I remembered participating for four years in a nationwide event called Give Kids a Smile during dental school.
Like sports, children entertain us. They teach us. They inspire us. I enjoy treating children because there’s never a dull moment during their appointments. They make me laugh, teach me a ton and I am always impressed by their “thirst for knowledge,” otherwise known as relentless questions. It’s no secret our children are our greatest joy.
In 2003, the American Dental Society started a nationwide program entitled Give Kids A Smile that aimed to provide children with free dental screenings, oral hygiene prevention and dental treatment. The state of Ohio has been one of the nation’s greatest participants and since its inception, Ohio volunteers have treated over 215,000 children and given over eleven million dollars back to the community.
Proud that Mercy Will Be Ohio Kick-off Site
This year I am proud to say that Mercy Medical Center will host Ohio's Give Kids A Smile kick-off event on Friday, February 6, 2015. Touchdown!
Stark County Dental Society volunteers and my fellow Mercy dental residents will be providing free dental screening to nearly 200 children in grades 3 through 5 from Gibbs Elementary School in Canton. We’ll have a dental bus, the tooth fairy and tons of information on how to help prevent cavities and provide children with excellent oral health. In addition to our event at Mercy, volunteers will visit twelve other Canton City elementary schools and there will be several events at private dental offices in the area.
I hope you'll be a proud Buckeye, too, and support dental health in your home and in our community!