Salina Dental Arts dentists and personnel will host their third annual Give Kids A Smile event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, to provide free dental products and services to underserved children.
“We served about 100 little ones previous year and hope to provide 100-150 this 12 months,” claimed Karlie Miller, office administrator for Salina Dental Arts. “Our purpose is to elevate consciousness of the epidemic of untreated dental disease in our local community since we know that almost a single in four kids underneath the age of 5 already has cavities, in accordance to the U.S. Facilities for Illness Control and Prevention. We want to do our portion to attempt to enable the small children in our group sustain superior oral overall health and really feel comfortable going to the dentist.”
Quite a few kids enrolled in Medicaid obtain no dental providers during the calendar year.
Dentists Jason Barth and Casey Prester will be collaborating in the function this 12 months that is sponsored by Henry Schein and Colgate.
Give Children A Smile supplies cost-free, conveniently obtainable dental expert services to qualifying men and women even though raising awareness of the epidemic of untreated dental disease taking place locally and nationally. It also makes area public and personal partnerships to increase accessibility to oral health treatment to remedy this disaster.
The ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile system was released nationally in 2003 as a way for dentists to be a part of with other people in the community to give dental services to underserved kids. Each individual yr, about 350,000 to 400,000 youngsters benefit from much more than 1,500 activities simply because of the initiatives of 40,000 or additional yearly volunteers nationwide.
“Our crew appears ahead to this function each individual year. We have former staff who live out of city who occur back every single yr just to participate and volunteer their time. It is a enjoyment working day,” Miller said. “We have a existence like treasure upper body for kids to decide prizes, a image booth and do giveaways for men and women who ‘check in’ to the celebration. We all love welcoming the youngsters and their family members into the exercise and showing them that a dental office environment can be a fun place.
“We have households that have returned 12 months soon after calendar year and we have formed long lasting associations with these patients. It is great to see a acquainted face and have clients explain to you that they occur back every single yr since they know that they can assume the same fantastic assistance and knowledge.”
The significant volume of patients taking part in charitable occasions like Give Kids A Smile highlights a gap involving all those with and devoid of great dental wellbeing. The Medicaid process that provides for kids in have to have is underfunded. Even with ample guidance from outside methods, lots of individuals often go without preventative care, which normally potential customers to a need for more highly-priced unexpected emergency cure.
The occasion will be held at Salina Dental Arts, 1829 S. Ohio in Salina. Youngsters need to be in between the ages of 3-12 years of age and ought to have all needed paperwork turned in to the office environment no afterwards than midday Friday, Jan. 29. All patients will be reserved and scheduled on a initial-occur, 1st-served foundation. For a lot more facts on the party, call 785-823-2472.