By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Friday, January 7th, 2011 8:00 AM CST
Each year on the first Friday in February, thousands of the nation’s dentists and their dental team members provide free oral health care services to children from low-income families across the country. Destiny Dental has been an active participant from the very beginning of this program which is designed to deliver full dental care to children who ‘fall through the cracks”. The ADA’s Give Kids A Smile® program enhances the oral health of large numbers of needy children. Give Kids A Smile activities also highlight for policy makers the ongoing challenges that low-income families face in finding dental care. These kids come from families with no dental insurance or third party coverage, such as medicaid. It also has grown with the downswing in our economy and sadly, trips to the dentist usually suffers when the family finances grow tight.
In six years, through this activity, Destiny Dental has been able to provide preventive and restorative dental care to 100+ children, totaling over $35,000.00 in donated dental services. “I enjoy participating in Give Kids A Smile Day because it makes me feel good to provide needed dental care to underserved children in our area. The smiles and hugs you receive from the children make you feel very fortunate to be able to use your professional abilities to enhance their lives” says Dr. Gina Davis. Not only does this treatment help kids looking great with a fresh smile, it also helps them keep in school. “The reason most kids miss school is because of tooth decay, it’s largely ignored and it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact it’s the #1 reason kids miss school,” says Dr. Steve Robertson.
The last two years Destiny Dental has helped on average 24 children per year. This is up from previous years. “I enjoy participating in Give Kids A Smile Day because it makes me feel good to provide needed dental care to underserved children in our area. The smiles and hugs you receive from the children make you feel very fortunate to be able to use your professional abilities to enhance their lives” says Dianna Embry Destiny’s Office Manager and Hygienist.
Destiny Dental will be participating in this program again this year. If you need any additional information about the program please contact their office at 270-842-3554.