MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Going to the dentist is critical for your health. But not all children have that option, which can cause big problems.
“Kids that have a lot of cavities, kids that are in pain, kids that have swelling and infection, they’re not focusing in school, they’re not as healthy as they can be,” said Give Kids a Smile Co-Chair Dr. Dorothy Theogene.
That’s why the Wisconsin Dental Association is once again hosting the Give Kids a Smile Screening Day at the Marquette University Dental School.
“The first 600 children that come will receive an oral health screening, a check for cavities, they’ll receive a tooth cleaning, and a fluoride dental treatment,” said Dr. Theogene.
An urgent care is available for a limited number of children with swelling or infection.
Select children with non-emergency treatment needs will be matched with an area dentist.
“On February 7th, they’ll be given an appointment to go to a local community dentist who volunteered their offices and their time to give at least a free treatment to this child for that day,” said Dr. Theogene.
Those who attend will receive oral health instructions.
Representatives will also be on hand to help low-income families get set up with insurance and find a primary dentist.
“We’re just doing what we can to help facilitate access to care for these patients,” said Dr. Theogene.
Making a big difference one smile at a time.
Give Kids a Smile will be held at the Marquette School of Dentistry this Saturday from 9 am – noon.
Patients will be seen on a first come first served basis.