Help a child keep a healthy smile today!

Friday, February 3, 2017 is Give Kids a Smile Day!

Kid_playgroundDid you know that tooth decay is the leading chronic childhood disease in the United States and even more common than asthma? The pain of tooth decay distracts children in school and can cause them to miss class and fall behind. Left untreated, dental disease has been linked to serious adult illnesses. We all can do something to prevent this from happening!

Starting at age 1 children should have regular dental screens and check-ups. If you know a child who does not have NJ FamilyCare or other health insurance that provides coverage for dental check-ups tell their parent or caretaker about Give Kids a Smile Day on Friday, February 3.

On Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) Day, dentists, dental assistants and hygienists volunteer their time to provide dental check-ups, cleanings, fluoride treatments or sealants to children ages 12 and under who cannot otherwise afford to see a dentist. Parents and caregivers must make an appointment prior to February 3. Visit the New Jersey Dental Association’s website to find a location. If a child has decayed teeth, the dentist may provide fillings or other treatment but not all services are provided at each location. And in some cases, a follow up visit may be required.

Please share this information with family, friends and colleagues. For other tips regarding good oral health and when children and youth should visit their dentist, click here today!

GKAS NJ is a program of the New Jersey Dental Association, working with the American Dental Association. GKAS NJ also works with the NJ Association of Orthodontists to provide referrals for children who need braces. In New Jersey GKAS also is supported by Colgate, Delta Dental of NJ, and Henry Schein Dental.

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