NEWARK - Kids were able to flash their pearly whites as Rutgers School of Dental Medicine hosted "Give Kids a Smile Day."

The 12th annual event, which is part of National Dental Access Day, served several locations in New Jersey and throughout the country.

The event provides free dental exams, fluoride cleanings and oral screenings to hundreds of children.

School of Dental Medicine Chair of Pediatric Dentistry Christopher V. Hughes says for many of the kids, it's the first time they've seen a dentist. "It also gets them over the fear of the dentist because you have a fun environment, there's a lot of stuff going on, and the dental students are young people having a good time," he says.

Organizers offered painless teeth cleaning, face painting, balloons and arts and crafts.