School of Public Health

Healthy Smiles Project

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The Healthy Smiles Project and Event is a collaboration between The University of North Texas Health Science Center and Texas Woman’s University Dental Hygiene Clinic. Our goal is to increase HPV Vaccination in Denton County. This initiative is supported by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Why focus on HPV vaccination?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination prevents SIX types of cancers, including oral cancers! The vaccine is recommended for adolescents as young as 11-12 years old. Unfortunately, not all teens are getting the cancer prevention they need. Rates of HPV vaccine uptake are lower in Texas and in Denton County and may be worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are interested in learning more about HPV vaccination, click here to download a patient education handout about HPV vaccination.

About the event

  • Healthy Smiles Event
  • Friday, July 28th
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Location: Texas Woman’s University Dental Hygiene Clinic, MCL Building 1200-1242 N Bell Ave, Denton, TX 76209
  • We’re inviting you to sign up for a free clinic where your children, ages 9-17, can receive a dental cleaning and the HPV vaccine.

To register for the event:

  • Want to schedule a dental cleaning? Click here to register and complete the forms for dental care. 
  • Want to schedule for the HPV vaccine? Click here to pre-register your child for the HPV vaccine. Please bring your child’s immunization records to the event.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to Stacey Griner, PhD, MPH, CPH (

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