On the first day of February, a group of South Brunswick dentists will join up with thousands of dentists across the U.S. to help provide a smile to underprivileged children.
Each year in February, participating dentists through the American Dental Association (ADA) provide free oral health care services to children from low-income families across the country as part of the "Give Kids a Smile" program. Locally, South Brunswick's Doctors of Dental Medicine in Dayton will hold their Give Kids a Smile event on Feb. 1.
"We'll be providing dental care, doing exams, x-rays, cleaning, and treatment if needed," said dental hygienist Palma D’Angelo.
Recently, over 9,000 dentists nationwide treated about 401,000 children during Give Kids a Smile, according to the ADA. The program is vital for the less fortunate to receive important care they may otherwise not have the means to obtain.
Through the work of volunteers, kids may be eligible to receive oral hygiene instructions, screenings, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, extractions, fluoride treatments, stainless steel crowns, and much more, according to the ADA.
In South Brunswick, Doctors of Dental Medicine will be offering their services from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 1. Call 732-329-3113 for an appointment.
For information about eligibility and participation contact the New Jersey Dental Association at 732-821-9400 or visit www.njda.org.
"We want to make sure everyone can get dental care," D’Angelo said. "One of the most important thing for kids is to prevent them from getting cavities."