Give Kids A Smile Day Chronicles, Free Dental Care Services for Children in February 2011

Free Dental Care Services During February 2011 Report — Give Kids A Smile day promises to be full of smiles. Students and dentists offer free dental care for low-income kids. Dental clinics to offer free dental services for uninsured children.

Free Dental Work for Kids Lead to Healthy Smiles

Columbia, SC (WLTX) — One in five kids don’t get the proper dental care, according to Columbia’s Small Smiles Dental Clinic. They are working to change that by providing free screenings for kids.

Wednesday’s free dental exams at Small Smiles Clinic in Columbia helped Mom out. The free work were to celebrate Children’s Day of Dental Health Month. Small Smiles is deciding if they’ll have more free screenings later in the month.


“Give Kids A Smile” day in Red Bluff promises to be full of smiles

To highlight the importance of good oral health to overall health will celebrate the 6th annual “Give Kids A Smile” day.

The event will offer free dental screenings, sealants, cleanings, fluoride varnish and fillings for children 1-19 years of age, who are uninsured and without a current dentist starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, with registration ending at 1 p.m. at the Northern Valley Indian Health Dental Clinic in Red Bluff, 343 Oak St.

The regional Mobile Dental Unit, funded by a collaborative grant from the First 5 Commissions in Tehama, Glenn and Butte counties and staffed by Northern Valley Indian Health, will be in use at the event.


UMaine Augusta holds free dental work

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Children from the ages of 5-15 got a chance to visit the dentist for free today at the University of Maine Augusta Dental Health Clinic.

Cleanings, x-rays, and check-ups were given to any patient who walked in at no charge as part of the Give Kids a Smile program. The event runs the first weekend of February nationwide, and is sponsored by the American Dental Association to help low-income families provide proper dental care for their children. Dr. Blanchette says good dental care can prevent several diseases.


Free dental care offered in Oklahoma City

Thousands of Oklahomans who have cavities or other dental problems can get free dental care today and Saturday at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma Mission of Mercy will provide cleanings, fillings, extractions and anterior root canals to Oklahomans, regardless of a family’s income.


Kid’s See The Dentist For Free

This Saturday, February 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., the University of Michigan School of Dentistry is offering free dental screenings to kids. This free event provides services to the first 100 kids and provides dental cleanings, limited x-rays, sealants, fillings, and extractions for children 5-12 years old who are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

An appointment is not necessary, however, patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will start at 9:00 a.m. and will continue until 100 patients have been evaluated. Please enter the School of Dentistry at the 1011 North University Avenue entrance. Parking will be available at the Fletcher Street parking structure.


UNMC students offer free dental care for kids

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Dentistry students from the University of Nebraska Medical Center are providing free dental care to Nebraska children. The students are offering the free screenings Friday at the UNMC’s Lincoln-based College of Dentistry. Children from Lincoln, Hastings, Crete, Lexington, Columbus, Norfolk, Madison, Wakefield, West Point and Wisner will participate.

College dean John Reinhardt says the children selected for the program have no other access to dental services.


Dentists provide free day of dental care for kids

Bowling Green Daily News Dentists provide free day of dental care for kids Daytona Beach News-Journal It’s the second time the area’s dentists have organized a free day of dentistry as part of the American Dental Association’s observance of its “Give Kids a … Saturday event offers free dental exams for kids.


Dentists give free care to kids

WATERBURY — Laura Rivera of Waterbury watched as her daughter Layla Loja received a free dental cleaning Saturday morning at the StayWell South End Health Center. Four of Rivera’s five children received free oral health services at the health center off South Main Street.


Kids Get Free Dental Exam During ‘Give Kids A Smile’ Event

MORGANTOWN — More than 100 kids received free dental exams Friday as party of national “Give Kids A Smile” day. West Virginia University dental and hygiene students provided the dental work to children up to age 18 who don’t have dental insurance. The U.S. Surgeon General says eight in ten children already have tooth decay.


Clinic to offer free dental screenings

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Childrens Dental Clinic of Charleston will offer free dental screenings during Healthy Smile, Happy Child Day on February 3, 2011 at its location at 6035A Rivers Avenue. The free screenings will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and are part of an effort to promote healthy smiles during Childrens Dental Health Month in February.

An estimated one in five children go without dental care each year, said Dr. Patricia Nicklas, Lead Dentist at Childrens Dental Clinic of Charleston. At Childrens Dental Clinic, that is one too many. With tooth decay being the single most common childhood disease, five times more common than asthma, we need to ensure that all children have access to quality dental care. We want to invite children and parents to participate in our free dental screenings to combat dental health problems and help keep their smiles healthy and happy for years to come.


Program gives area children a reason to smile

Brisk winds and a cold snap couldn’t stop school nurse Natasha Holcombe from being first in line for free dental care for her chil­dren Saturday. The mother of two has canceled dental coverage at work to save money. But through e-mails and fliers at school she learned her son, Jaterrious, and daughter, Qaterra, could receive the help they needed.

Nonprofit Sarrell, which operates a dentist office on wheels, treated the Hol­combe children and others Saturday in front of the Capi­tol in downtown Montgom­ery.


Free dental care for kids

Xilian Gutierrez has a dental history that would make some people grit their teeth. Diagnosed at 10 with tooth crowding and decay, the Hastings teenager has had perhaps eight extractions in the past six years and several cavities filled.

On Friday and Saturday, dentists at dozens of clinics around Minnesota will volunteer their time and expertise to provide low-income families with free dental care. Last year in Minnesota, about 3,000 volunteers treated more than 6,000 children.


All smiles!

Jacquay Thorwer, 9, didn’t flinch a bit as Dr. Jay McCaslin of Dentistry for Children revved up his drill to fill a small cavity. A few moments later, Jacquay was all smiles at the Give Kids A Smile annual free dental clinic. Area dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants volunteered their time and talents to treat youth ages 3-18 free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis at the one-day event. Hosted by Armstrong Atlantic State University Dental Hygiene Clinic, the event also enlisted the help of AASU students as well as Savannah Technical College dental assistant students.


Saturday event offers free dental assistance for kids

Fear not — Solano County is offering free dental assistance and minor treatments on Saturday in Fairfield. Saturday marks the first Give Kids A Smile Day in Solano, and the event runs all day (from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the county’s Public Health Dental Clinic at 2101 Courage Drive.

In addition to the free exams, kids from 1 to 18 years old are eligible to receive free flouride varnishing, sealant applications and toothbrush kits, the result of a partnership between the clinic, the Napa-Solano Dental Society and 11 volunteer dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants. To get more information about the free event, call (707) 784-2120.


Free dental care at Sulzbacher helps needy kids

In America’s patchwork dental-care system, about three out of four Americans under age 65 use insurance to pay for their visits.

The rest either pay out of pocket or, as in the case of the scores of children who got free dental care Friday at Sulzbacher Center, they rely on the generosity of others.

Organizers signed up 60 children for the free dental assistance. Another 15 to 20 were placed on a waiting list before the event, and several more simply were turned away.


Groups collaborate to ‘Give a Kid a Smile’

The “Give a Kid a Smile” program is a national charitable event that gives free dental care to children from low-income families. The first Friday in February is often set aside for the program.

In Bemidji the program is for all children ages 1-18. Dentists from the local area and from around the state donate their time to help give dental assistance to the youth. Most of the materials and products used by the dental professionals are also donated.


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Local Dentist in Eagan MN Participating in Give Kids a Smile Program

Every year thousand of volunteers come together in February to provide free dental treatment to children from low-income families. Last year, more then 6,000 children in Minnesota received dental services throughout the state, valued at roughly $1.7 million. The number of children who are unable to access needed dental care is continuing to grow, making this program more and more important. It also means the demand for more volunteers continues to grow.

On Friday February 4th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dr. Collin Hatcher and his staff will be providing free dental services to a full schedule of children. These children will be given preventative care treatment such as exams, cleanings, and sealants.


Dentists provide free day of dental care for kids

DAYTONA BEACH — Novocaine’s effect was instantaneous after Dr. Susan Mackenzie-Lloyd administered the shot to 6-year-old Noah Christlieb. Lloyd and her husband, Dr. David Lloyd, were two of 22 Volusia and Flagler dentists who joined forces Friday to offer free dentistry to uninsured children from needy families. Students from Daytona State College’s dental assisting program also helped out.

It’s the second time the area’s dentists have organized a free day of dentistry as part of the American Dental Association’s observance of its “Give Kids a Smile Day.” And statistics show they need more help than ever with their smiles.


AASU offering one-day free dental treatment for kids

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – Friday is “Give Kids a Smile Day” and Armstrong Atlantic State University is offering free dental treatment for children.

Volunteer dentists will provide treatment February 4, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the AASU Dental Hygiene Clinic at the Savannah Mall next to Dillard’s. Children ages 3 to 18 must be accompanied by a parent and will receive free dental care on a first come-first serve basis.


Heartland Dental Care Dentists and Teams Donate $1.1 Million of Free Dentistry Abroad and in Their Local Communities in 2010

EFFINGHAM, Ill. Heartland Dental Care dentists and team members helped thousands of individuals improve their dental health in 2010. Throughout the year, Heartland Dental Care dentists and their teams donated more than $1.1 Million of free dentistry in third-world countries and their local communities.


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Free Dental help For Local Kids

DAYTON – Small Smiles Dental Center of Dayton on 3rd St. offered free dental screenings Friday to kids to celebrate “Healthy Smile, Happy Child Day.” The screenings were also offered because February is Children’s Dental Health month.


Free dental help today in Fairfield for children, 1 to 18

Solano County Public Health Dental Clinic is hosting the county’s first ever Give Kids A Smile Day event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Solano County Public Health Dental Clinic, 2101 Courage Drive, in Fairfield. The program, “Give Kids A Smile” began in 2003 by the American Dental Association to provide help and raise awareness of the importance of access to dental care for low-income children.

The county’s dental clinic has teamed up with the Napa-Solano Dental Society, and 11 volunteer dentists, registered dental hygienists and registered dental assistants to provide free dental exams, fluoride varnish, sealant applications, and toothbrush kits to children 1-18 years old.


Toledo kids smiling over free dental care

TOLEDO, OHIO — Up to half of school-aged kids have tooth decay but many families cannot afford care.

Friday, several local dentists and dental schools teamed up to give free cleanings and help for national “Give Kids a Smile Day.”

The cooperative effort included Owens Community College as well as Clay High School students getting some real-world experience at the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio.


Children’s Dental Health Day in Binghamton

As part of an annual public service event in Binghamton, children will have the opportunity to receive free dental help from dentists who will volunteer their time to assist youth in the community. The Sixth District Dental Society, a component of the New York State Dental Association, and the Broome County Dental Society will sponsor Children’s Dental Health Day at the Oakdale Mall in Binghamton on Saturday, February 5 from 9:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.

In addition to oral health screenings, free toothbrushes will be distributed to kids. Held in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America Scout Expo at the mall, the event will also feature a number of exhibitors and booths, such as a child identification program.


Weekend event offers free dental care for kids in Oneida and Madison Counties

Dentists and dental hygienists are volunteering their time to give kids free exams, cleaning, sealants and fluoride varnish. The program is funded by a grant given to Faxton St. Luke’s Dental Health Center.

To pre-register a child for the event, call the Mohawk Valley Perinatal Network at 315-732-4657 ext 226 or toll-free at 1-877-267-6193 ext 226.


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Volunteers provide free dental care to make children’s teeth shine – Record

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University of Michigan students help ‘Give Kids a Smile’ at free dental care event

Carlos Alarcon and his family were among the first to arrive at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor Saturday in hopes of receiving free children’s dental care. Alarcon, of Ypsilanti, said he, his wife, Yesenia Alarcon, and their children, Fatima Alarcon, 11, and Carlos Alarcon, 6, arrived at the school at about 6 a.m., three hours before registration for the U-M Give Kids a Smile Day began.

It was worth the wait, he said, to make sure his family could take advantage of the free dental services offered to the first 100 children, ages 5 to 12, to register. “Unfortunately, we don’t have (dental) insurance, so that’s why we came here. Because it’s free,” Carlos Alarcon said.


‘Smiles From the Heart’

Chandler Park Dental Care hosted a successful “Smiles From the Heart” event Friday, said Beth Stevenson, administrative team leader.

More than 300 adults turned out for the free dental screening. The first patient showed up at 4:15 p.m.


Dental Clinic Offers Free Services in Olathe

OLATHE, KAN. — People started lining up around 5:30 a.m. Saturday for free dental care. This is the second year that The Apple Tree Clinic has offered to help the needy. The clinic gets involved with a non-profit group known as Dentistry of the Heart. That group provides free dental work to the needy.

Some patients came from as far away as Nebraska for the free work. About 12 dentists and 72 volunteers treated more than 150 patients by the end of the day. They did everything from fillings, to extractions, to root canals. These doctors admit that there is no bigger time than now to help the needy.


Open wide for dental care

Seven-year-old Amara Miller didn’t look thrilled to see the dentist Saturday. Give Kids a Smile, a program sponsored by OneWorld Community Health Centers in South Omaha, provided free dental care to uninsured children.

The second annual event, near 30th and L Streets, provided emergency and preventative care, examinations, X-rays and cleanings for 105 uninsured children up to age 12.


Genesee County dentists provide hundreds of children with free dental care on Give Kids A Smile day

Logan Mowry, of Swartz Creek, holds a mirror while watching Dental hygienist Jean Lorence show him the proper way to floss while having having dental work done on Friday at Park Dental Center in Burton during the American Dental Association’s ‘Give Kids a Smile Day’. Several dentists around Genesee County offered free preventive and restorative services to children from low-income families during the one-day nationwide event.


Community Health Center offers free dental care for kids

NEW BRITAIN — It was 6-year-old Tatiana Ortiz’s first visit to the dentist as she happily departed the Community Health Center with her siblings, Elijah Osorio, 10, and Samantha Marrero, 3. About 90 children in the city who participated in Give Kids a Smile Day at the center received a full dental check-up and tips on how to maintain or in some case improve oral health. It was part of a national campaign offered free of charge to children with Husky state insurance or with no dental insurance at all.

Each year on the first Friday of February, thousands of dentists and dental teams participate nationally in Give Kids A Smile Day, providing free oral health care services to underserved children. The campaign highlights for policy-makers the challenges that low-income families face in finding dental care.


Free Children’s Dental Clinic Saturday in Reno

Northern Nevada children from low income families can get dental care for free on Saturday. As part of the American Dental Association’s annual “Give Kids a Smile” program parents can take their children the HAWC Clinic on at 1055 South Wells Avenue from 9 am to 4 pm.
Patients will be taken on a first come first serve basis and must be under the age of 18.