Shingletown Medical Center will be sponsoring their first Give Kids A Smile® event to provide children with free dental screening and fluoride varnishing on Friday, February 6th, at Black Butte Elementary and Jr. High from 9:00am to 1:30pm and at the Shingletown Area Resource Center (SARC) located next door to the Post Office from 2:00pm to 5:30pm.

SMC will combine efforts with Shasta College Dental Hygiene Department and the Shasta Dental Hygienist’ Society. The licensed dental hygienists will be performing full screenings along with fluoride varnishing. SMC has acquired toothbrushes, tooth paste and other dental related items to hand-out at the events.

The American Dental Association (ADA) launched the Give Kids A Smile® program nationally in 2003 as a way for dentists to join with others in the community to provide dental services to underserved children. Each year, about 350,000 to 400,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events, all because of the efforts of 40,000 or more annual volunteers nationwide.

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 Nancy Moffett, 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. To learn more about proposed solutions to the dental crisis, visit www.ada.org/action.