Give Kids A Smile Day Feb. 7: Free Care From More Than 100 New Jersey Dentists For Children Through Age 12
Let’s face it: there isn’t much to smile about in February — it’s cold, there’s little to do, and the holiday season is behind us. That’s why Friday February 7 is the perfect day for the Dental Hygiene Clinic at Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) in Mount Laurel and the Division of Dentistry at the Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair to join more than 125 New Jersey Dental facilities in the 18th annual Give Kids A Smile Day (GKAS).
A national program supported by the American Dental Association, Give Kids a Smile Day aims to draw attention to the number one childhood disease: tooth decay. “Nearly one in four children under the age of five already has cavities,” said Aneta Wojcik, D.D.S. of Mountainside Medical Center. “Preventive care is critical to maintaining good dental health and overall physical and emotional well-being, as well as setting the stage for a lifetime of good dental hygiene.”
Those whose children can’t afford dental care for their young children will also also get something to smile about. “‘The Give Kids a Smile’ program is designed to provide free dental care to local children who might otherwise be underserved due to financial constraints.” For qualified children aged 12 and under, the services include screenings, cleanings, fillings, extractions, restorative treatments, fluoride treatments and sealants to protect permanent teeth.
“Mountainside Medical Center is happy to participate in this initiative every year,” Dr. Wojcik adds. It’s a win-win for everyone involved. Our team gets to educate and provide care to those in need and the patients receive much needed treatment.”
Both Rowan and Mountainside are taking Give Kids A Smile Day appointments for February 7 from 9AM to 3PM. Click here for a list of participating dentists.