2015-01-01 / Health

Give Kids A Smile Day to provide free dental care for hundreds of children in South Amboy

Dr. Peter L. DeSciscio’s office will be sponsoring its annual Give Kids A Smile event on Feb. 6 at 210 Augusta St. to provide an estimated 50 to 100 underserved children with free dental services. Nearly one in four children ages 2 to 11 years old have 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

This is the first year the event has been hosted in South Amboy to provide free dental care to local children who desperately need it.These events have provided free care to 100 children who otherwise would have cost thousands.

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.

The high volume of patients participating in charitable events such as Give Kids A Smile highlights a clear gap between those with and without good dental health.

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