TAKOMA PARK, Md., May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kool Smiles, a leading dental health provider for children and adults, now has opened its doors to additional families in Maryland with a new office location in Takoma Park. Kool Smiles of Takoma Park officially opened on May 2 as the organization continues to expand access to quality dental care for families in underserved communities across the nation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that tooth decay currently affects more than 19 percent of U.S. children aged 2-19 — more than any other chronic infectious disease. Untreated pain and infections may lead to developmental problems, such as eating, speaking, playing and learning.
"Our expansion into Takoma Park provides yet another opportunity for our dentists to reverse the alarming rate of untreated dental cases among families in need," said Dr. Polly Buckey, DDS, MS, a board certified Pediatric Dentist who serves as the national spokesperson for Kool Smiles.
The new Kool Smiles office, which accepts most types of insurance including MCHIP and MD Medicaid, offers quality dental care in a new, family-friendly environment.
"We are excited to partner with area schools, daycare centers and local social service agencies to share the importance of oral health and education with families in Takoma Park," Buckey said.
The Takoma Park office is located at 1147 University Blvd. E, Takoma Park, MD 20912. To tour the new location or book an appointment, please call (301) 768-4637. Those interested in employment opportunities may visit the Kool Smiles Jobs website.
About Kool Smiles
Kool Smiles is a leading dental health provider dedicated to expanding access to quality dental care for children and families in underserved communities. Kool Smiles dentists are proud to offer care to kids and adults with almost any insurance plan, including State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Medicaid and Tricare. Kool Smiles also provides oral health education programs through partnerships with community schools and organizations.
The alarming state of oral health today is the foundation upon which Kool Smiles has built its mission and vision. Despite the United States' status as the wealthiest country, the former U.S. Surgeon General concluded that oral care is the #1 unmet healthcare need for children. Over 50 percent of 5- to 9-year-old children have at least one cavity or filling, and that proportion increases to 78 percent among 17-year-olds. Oral health is essential to the general health and well-being of children and plays a critical role in their ability to succeed in school and acquire positive self-esteem.
To learn more about your options for children's dentistry or to find a local Kool Smiles dentist, please visit http://www.MyKoolSmiles.com.
SOURCE Kool Smiles