Volunteer Dentistry

Give a Kid a Smile Day!

We are excited to have a "Give a Kid a Smile Day" at our dental office again this year.  This is an opportunity for kids 18 years or younger from low-income families or families without dental insurance coverage to have a dental cleaning, exam and sealants placed on their teeth. All services will be provided at no charge to these families.  We worked with Hopelink, and Redmond Elementry last year with great success. This year, we are expanding our outreach to include the Redmond/Sammamish Boys and Girls Club.  One of the main barriers to access to dental care is transportation. The Club will help in shuttling the kids to our office. We hope to see as many kids as we can!  If you know of any families who may benefit from this event, please ask them to give us a call.

 


See Redmond Reporter Article on : Give a Kid a Smile Day

Statistics on Childhood Caries  (source of data: Center for Disease Control)  :                                                                   

  • Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of children aged 5-17 years - 4 times more common than asthma (42% vs. 9.5%)
  • 28% of children ages 2-5 have already had decay in their primary (baby) teeth
  • 1 out of 2 children in the U.S. have experienced tooth decay by age 11
  • 68% of 19 year olds have experienced tooth decay in their permanent teeth
  • Low-income children are twice as likely to experience decay than children of higher income families
  • 52 million school hours are lost each year due to dental disease     
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