Did you know that it is recommended that children see a dentist no later than their first birthday, yet only 3 out of 5 children have seen a dentist before kindergarten?
On Feb. 2, an estimated 750,000 children from low-income families across the country will receive free dental services as part of the American Dental Association’s (ADA) fifth annual Give Kids A Smile program. More than 51,000 dental professionals will provide services including educational materials, screenings and, where possible, free dental care, such as cleanings and fillings at more than 2,100 sites across the country.
Give Kids A Smile is a national ADA initiative to focus attention on the epidemic of untreated oral disease among disadvantaged children. Caries, which is the chronic infectious disease that causes cavities, remains second only to the common cold in terms of prevalence in children. Unlike a cold, untreated tooth decay won’t heal—in fact, it often gets worse.
To find a location near you participating, visit the Give Kids A Smile site.