Free Dental Care to Children through Give Kids a Smile Event

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January 23, 2019
Johnson Health Center will be hosting their 2nd Annual Give Kids A Smile® event on February 1st to provide free dental services to uninsured children. The event will be held 7:30a.m. – 4:30p.m. at Lynchburg Women’s & Pediatric Health Services, located at 2402 Atherholt Rd. Lynchburg, Va.. Children will be seen by appointment only. Call 434-455-3260 to schedule your appointment by 3 p.m. Thursday, January 31st.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in four children under the age of five already has cavities. In Virginia alone, over 312,000 kids ages 3 to 15 suffer from untreated dental decay. It’s the biggest chronic disease among Virginia children and causes 1 million lost school hours a year, according to the Virginia Oral Health Coalition. Many children who are enrolled in Medicaid still do not receive dental services throughout the year. “Everyone needs to understand that oral health is very much connected and an integral part of your overall health”, says Dr. Jessica McAuliffe, one of the dentists at Johnson Health Center.

The ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile program was launched nationally in 2003 as a way for dentists to join with others in the community to provide dental services to underserved children.

This is the second year the event has been hosted by Johnson Health Center. Free dental screenings, cleanings and fluoride treatments will be provided for children ages 17 and younger with the target population being uninsured and underinsured children. The dentist is bilingual and can serve Spanish-speaking patients.

We are excited to host our 2nd Give Kids a Smile event and continue to further our mission to improve access to health care for all.

For additional information, call Rachael Cope at 434-929-1400 ext. 1619.