Penn Dental Medicine Provides Free Care for Give Kids a Smile Day

A practitioner at the Oak Ridge Dental Group since 1995, Christopher Lillo, DMD, regularly works with patients to provide discounted services to those in need. Before entering private practice, Dr. Christopher Lillo studied at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where he was involved with free dental clinics serving children.

Although the Penn Dental Medicine Network has continually pursued various community outreach projects since its inception in 1878, the American Dental Association launched the Give Kids a Smile campaign in 2003 to encourage practitioners nationwide to support children from underserved communities. In Pennsylvania alone, nearly 17,000 children do not have access to regular dental care because of a lack of insurance coverage. In response, Penn Dental Medicine lent its support to the Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY)’s Give Kids a Smile Day on April 1, 2015, providing care to 75 children and helping families enroll in public health insurance programs.

Although the ADA formally designated National Give Kids a Smile Day on the first of February, the dental community hosts more than 1,500 free clinics year-round. The efforts of the students and clinicians at Penn Dental Medicine represent a portion of a professional network of 40,000 volunteers who collectively support approximately 350,000 children each year.


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