Third Street Family Health Services provides free care to children in need
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Posted by: Samantha Porter
Volunteers from Third Street Family Health Services provided free care to nearly 100 children in need on Feb. 6 as part of the Gives Kids a Smile program.
Staff from Third Street Family Health Services provided cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants to students at Madison South Elementary School. The event was part of a health fair, where students rotated through different stations throughout the day to learn about the importance of brushing, flossing, handwashing, reading, nutrition and exercise. Each child at the school also received a dental care kit with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Volunteers will return to the school Feb. 13 to see more than 60 students for exams, cleanings and sealants.
Through the Give Kids a Smile program, dentists and dental professionals across the state and nation volunteer their time to provide screenings, treatment and oral health education to children. The program, which is in its 13th year, is a collaborative effort among the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association and other state and component dental societies throughout the U.S. For 2015, about 1,600 volunteers are expected to provide nearly $800,000 in care in Ohio.
“Hundreds of Ohio Dental Association member dentists will volunteer their time to examine and treat children to celebrate Give Kids a Smile,” said ODA President Dr. Thomas Paumier. “It is estimated that over 19,000 children will be seen throughout the year. For many children, this may be their first or only visit to a dentist and is a unique opportunity for us to educate them, their families and teachers about the benefits of good oral health to ensure a lifetime of smiles.”
The U.S. Surgeon General continues to report that 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental disease – and that a child in pain from dental disease will most likely have difficulty functioning in school. In 2011, the Ohio Department of Health reported that access to dental care is our state’s number one unmet health care need for children and low-income adults. The Give Kids a Smile program works to improve this situation by providing care to children in need.