Local dental centers to participate in Give Kids a Smile program

ELLSWORTH — On Friday, Feb. 6, the Maine Coast Community Dental Center in Ellsworth and the Community Dental Center in Southwest Harbor will take part in the American Dental Association’s (ADA) 13th national Give Kids a Smile program.

Both dental centers will join dental professionals from across the nation to provide free oral health services to children and adolescents from underserved families. The program is made possible with the support of Henry Schein.

Free services on this day for children from first tooth to 18 years of age will include oral hygiene instruction, cleaning and fluoride varnish from registered dental hygienists, with the possibility of further examination and treatment from Layne Whiteley, DDS.

Appointments are required to receive services. Space is limited.

For more information, or to make an appointment for your child at Community Dental Center in Southwest Harbor or Maine Coast Community Dental Center in Ellsworth for Give Kids a Smile, call 667-0293.

Give Kids a Smile is the world’s largest oral health charitable program and an ADA access-to-care endeavor designed to encourage parents, health professionals and policymakers to address the year-round need for oral health care for all children. Each year, thousands of the nation’s dentists, dental team members and many volunteers from the community provide free oral health care services to children from low-income families across the country.

Since 2003, the program has provided dental services for nearly 5 million children.

The ADA’s Health Policy Resources Center estimates that about 8.7 million children are expected to gain some form of dental benefit from the Affordable Care Act, which will reduce by approximately 55 percent the number of children without dental benefits.

For more information about Give Kids a Smile, visit the program’s website, www.givekidsasmile.ada.org. For the latest news, visit the program’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GiveKidsASmile.

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