Amador County children were all smiles after receiving free dental care from local dentists as part of Smiles for Kids 2012. The children who qualified for the program would not otherwise have been able to receive dental care and were given exams, x-rays, teeth cleaning, sealants, and fluoride treatments at no charge. Four Jackson Creek Dental Group dentists, their staff and licensed staff from local dental offices, along with community members offered this service on a volunteer basis. Together they treated 65 children for pro-bono services totaling over $18,000.
Jackson Creek Dental Group has been hosting a Smiles for Kids Event for the past 27 years.
This year the dentists participating on Smiles for Kids day were: Dr. Ask, Dr. Kinzer,
Dr. Simpson and Dr. Roda. In addition to the dentists mentioned above, the following local dentists will also be seeing those children needing crucial follow-up treatment: Dr. Eaton, Drs. Montalbo, Dr. Schiappa and Dr. Womack.
There are 46 children needing follow-up dental treatment as part of the program. Of those, 35 are receiving care from local dentists, and the rest have been referred to dentists and specialists in Sacramento as part of the Sacramento District Dental Society’s Adopt-a-Child, Orthodontic, and Specialty Referral Care Programs.
“Every child deserves a healthy smile, and we dedicate this day to providing dental treatment, education, advocacy and prevention. When left untreated, dental disease is very painful and can affect physical, emotional and social development in children,” stated Dwight Simpson, DDS at Jackson Creek Dental Group. “The doctors, staff and all the volunteers look forward to providing these services as part of Smiles for Kids, and becoming part of the solution to fighting the #1 chronic childhood disease in America – tooth decay.”
This year the Sacramento State University Pre-Dental Association donated backpacks filled with dental and school items. All the children who were seen for treatment were excited that they received a backpack.
The Smiles for Kids program, a project of the Sacrament District Dental Society and Foundation, is run in support of the American Dental Association’s “Give Kids a Smile” campaign. Participants are member doctors, their staff, vendors and community volunteers.
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