Patients must be 18 years or younger and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Dentists will be providing free exams, fillings and sealants. Specific services provided at each location will be outlined when an appointment is scheduled. Volunteers speaking multiple languages are also available at many locations to help with language barriers.
"Minnesota dentists know every child deserves a winning smile," said Dr. Kevin Dens, president of the Minnesota Dental Association and a practicing dentist in Baxter, Minnesota. "There is so much unmet need for dental treatment in Minnesota."
Among the challenges:
- Dental disease remains more prevalent today than childhood asthma
- Nearly one in four children aged 2 to 11 years old has untreated cavities in their baby teeth, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Well over half of Minnesota children enrolled in Medicaid have not received dental services in the past year - with the situation made worse by Minnesota's lowest-in-the-nation ranking for reimbursement of government dental program fees
Minnesota dentists have provided free care to more than 65,000 young children and donated services valued at more than $17 million over the past 14 years to Give Kids a Smile.
To schedule an appointment, or for more information about the Minnesota Dental Association's Give Kids a Smile, visit mndental.org or Facebook.
The Minnesota Dental Association is the voice of dentistry in Minnesota, representing over 70 percent of practicing dentists. It is committed to the highest standards of oral health and access to care for all Minnesotans. You can learn more at http://www.mndental.org.
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