2009-02-06 / News

Give the Kids a Smile Day

Contributed by Midlands Technical College

Madison Frick, age seven, and Jessica Keisler Madison Frick, age seven, and Jessica Keisler The Midlands Technical College Dental Clinic, located on the college's Airport Campus, provided free preventative dental care to approximately 110 local deserving children January 29 and 30, 2009. The college offered this service in conjunction with the national Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program, an initiative of the American Dental Association that focuses attention on the epidemic of untreated oral disease among disadvantaged children.

The MTC Dental Clinic's dental hygiene students provided the children with preventative dental care including cleanings, X- rays, fluoride treatments, and sealants as needed. Local dentists also volunteered both days to provide exams for the children. The services were available by appointment to children aged 4- 19 without Medicaid or dental insurance.

After being treated at the MTC Dental Clinic, any children who needed restorative dental care, such as fillings, were referred to a participating dentist for treatment on February 6, the 2009 national Give Kids A Smile Day. These restorative treatments are also offered to the children at no cost.

Henry Schein, a healthcare product distributor, is one of the companies that donates supplies to dental care providers participating in GKAS. Midlands Technical College was awarded three Henry Schein dental kits, enough to serve 150 children. The kit includes supplies that are needed by the professional for preventative treatment, as well as toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste for the kids.

This was seventh year that Midlands Technical College participated in the GKAS program.

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