University of Kentucky Host Free Dental Care for Kids

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The University of Kentucky have recently hosted its seventh ‘Give Kids a Smile’ free, dental care event.

The event took place at the Hazard City Walmart on Monday, which provided a number of children with a series of dental treatments. Dr Nikki Stone, head dentist of the event, stated that 40 children had arrived at their mobile care unit in order to receive a cleaning.

Give Kids a Smile was established in 2005 by the American Dental Association, in a bid to treat children with free dental cleanings and provide them with preventative care advice. The event has been successful for 7 years and has contributed to a dramatic drop in decay, by around 20%.

Kentucky ranks as 2nd in the country for dental decay problems, which is why the issue has been addressed throughout the years. Dr Stone stated that she had noticed children in the area are more willing to visit the dentist and are less frightened. She believes this is due to the free care herself and her team have provided throughout the years.

The event lasts only one day but treat a number of children, who are given toys at the end of their check-ups, which they enjoy. What’s more, any patients without dental insurance are followed up to ensure that they receive the treatment that they need.

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