More than 550 children in 13 states and the District of Columbia received needed dental care at no cost during Kool Smiles’ 4th Annual Sharing Smiles Day, held Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Volunteer doctors and staff from 49 Kool Smiles offices participated in the free day of dental care for uninsured and underinsured children.
“While Kool Smiles is proud to accept many forms of insurance, including Medicaid, TRICARE and Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage, we also recognize that too many children do not have access to dental care because they have inadequate insurance or face gaps in coverage,” said Dr. Brad Bryan, Managing Dental Director for Kool Smiles. “Sharing Smiles Day is one way Kool Smiles is working to close this coverage gap and help all kids get the preventive dental care and treatments they need to have happy, healthy smiles.”
Children without dental insurance are twice as likely to experience toothaches as their peers with dental coverage, according to a 2017 survey from the Children’s Dental Health Project and the Benevis Foundation. Tooth decay remains the leading chronic …