Shingletown Medical Center will be sponsoring their second annual Give Kids A Smile® event to provide children with free dental screening and fluoride varnishing on Thursday, February 11th, at Black Butte Elementary and Jr. High beginning at 8:30am and will continue through the course of the day until completed.
SMC will combine efforts with the Shasta Dental Hygienist’ Society, which will have licensed dental hygienists performing full screenings along with fluoride varnishing and oral health education. SMC has acquired toothbrushes, tooth paste and other dental related items to hand-out at the events.
With the support of the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile® program, launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003, more than five million underserved children have received free oral health services over the last 13 years. These free services are provided by approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members.
Nearly one in four children aged two to 11 years old has untreated cavities in their baby teeth, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many children enrolled in Medicaid receive no dental services throughout the year.
Give Kids A Smile® is held annually to:
• Provide free, easily accessible dental services to qualifying individuals
• Raise awareness of the epidemic of untreated dental disease occurring locally and nationally and create local public and private partnerships to increase access to oral health care to solve this crisis
For further information about this event in Shingletown, please contact Deb Hornbacher, RN at the Shingletown Medical Center – 530-474-3390.
For more information about Give Kids A Smile® events, visit http://www.ada.org/en/home-ada/public-programs/give-kids-a-smile.