The St. Charles-based Give Kids A Smile organization recently announced it provided $314,851 worth of free dental care to 349 children in need at its clinic Feb. 19 and 20, at Saint Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education, according to a press release.
The clinic was made possible thanks to a host of supporters and 600 volunteers, which included 93 dentists and dental students and 133 hygienists and hygiene students. The next Give Kids A Smile clinic is set for Oct. 28 and 29.
The children attending the most recent clinic received X-rays, professional cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants, as well as fillings, root canals and oral surgery, as needed. There was an entertainment area for children to enjoy after they received services, which included face painters, balloon artists, games, a visit from Delta Dental’s Tooth Wizard and the ability to interact with a Spanish-speaking Tooth Fairy, who helped communicate to non-English speaking children. Each child also received a dental care kit, a nutritious sack lunch, a book and other prizes.
“This was our 29th consecutive clinic and it still amazes me to see all that is accomplished over these two-day periods,” said Joan Allen, executive director of Give Kids A Smile. “If anyone questions the giving-spirit and graciousness of the St. Louis community, I challenge them to see Give Kids A Smile in action. It’s truly incredible. Thanks to the ongoing support of key financial contributors like Delta Dental of Missouri, the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Orthwein Foundation and the countless dental professionals who donate their time and talents, we are making a very real difference in the lives of local children, one smile at a time.”
To date, Give Kids A Smile has provided $7.9 million worth of comprehensive dental care services completely free of charge to 14,710 local underserved children through the organization’s dental clinics held each February and October since 2002. All services are provided completely free of charge for toddlers and school-aged children through eighth grade, who are Medicaid-eligible, qualify for a school lunch program or need dental assistance due to other circumstances. Individuals are seen by appointment only.
To register for the October clinic, call Give Kids A Smile at 636-397-6453 or visit www.gkas.org. The registration process includes the completion of health history and consent forms. Appointments are given on a first-come, first-served basis.
Main Image: Dr. Danielle Riordan, DDS (right), of St. Peters, stops to smile with, Mia (left), age 10, of South St. Louis, who just received a new crown to fix a chipped front tooth at the free Give Kids A Smile dental clinic.
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