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Walker - Lawmakers Should Fund CHIP and Support Dental Health

Kool Smiles has strived for more than a decade to create an enjoyable dental experience for families while working to bring quality dental care to underserved communities across the United States. During February 2015, Kool Smiles observed National Children’s Dental Health Month by offering a day of free dental care for children without dental insurance. The event, which took place on Sunday, February 22, provided dental care to more than 450 children in 13 states. At 53 Kool Smiles locations, over 400 dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, and additional staff worked together to provide a wide range of operative dental procedures. Services provided included dental exams, extractions, fillings, and sealants. Dental professionals also provided limited emergency care, as well as root canals and crowns for baby teeth.
In serving young patients who lack dental insurance, Kool Smiles’ Sharing Smiles day sought to address a significant need in the community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood tooth decay affects 42 percent of children aged 2 to 11 and is five times more prevalent than asthma. Kool Smiles’ dental professionals continue their work year round, partnering with local schools and organizations nationwide to promote dental hygiene and provide dental care. In 2014, the practice’s dentists donated over $16 million in pro bono care.
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