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Kool Smiles Serves More than 550 Children in Need During National Day of Free Dental Care

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 …

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Delegate Pillion Teams Up with Kool Smiles to Provide Free Toothbrushes to Hundreds of Abingdon Kids

Virginia State Delegate Todd Pillion has teamed up with Kool Smiles to deliver more than 5,000 free toothbrushes to children at elementary schools in his district for the second consecutive year.

Delegate Pillion coordinated with school staff and Kool Smiles representatives to plan today’s event for students to talk about the importance of preventive dental care – such as daily brushing, flossing and eating nutritious foods – to keep teeth healthy and free of cavities.  Students also received toothbrushes donated by Kool Smiles. Toothbrushes will be delivered to schools over the coming weeks before students are dismissed for summer vacation.

“There’s nothing more important than the success of our students,” said Pillion. “We know that good health- including good dental health- plays a role in their success, so I’m grateful to Kool Smiles for helping encourage good dental hygiene and providing access to quality, affordable dental care and education throughout the state.”

Pillion has long advocated for better dental healthcare access for underserved communities during his tenure in the Virginia House of Delegates. As a member …

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Kool Smiles Announces 2018 Dental Health Essay Contest Winner; Awards $5,000 Scholarship to OHSU Dental Student

“Thank you, Kool Smiles for selecting my essay and supporting my dental school journey,” said Howell.  “I look forward using this scholarship to continue my education and help address dental health accessibility problems across America.”

In her winning essay, the OHSU dental student addressed some of the major obstacles children face in accessing dental healthcare, including distance, office hours availability and financial barriers.  Howell saw many of these issues first-hand while growing up on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana.  The solutions she provides in the essay include moving dentists beyond the confines of a dental office and into communities, establishing more flexible dental work hours and decreasing the cost of private health insurance.

“Although we can’t fix the lack of accessibility issue immediately, these are all key steps that we can begin taking to help kids achieve the dental care that they need,” wrote Howell.

“The 2018 essay contest asked students to identify and provide solutions to some of the biggest dental health challenges facing children in the United States,” said Dr. Dale Mayfield, Chief Dental Officer of Kool …

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Kool Smiles Announces K-5 Dental Education Grant

Kool Smiles, a leading children’s dental health provider, today announced the winners of its first annual My Kool Smiles Classroom Grant Program contest, which awards classroom grants to K-5 educators who go above and beyond in promoting dental health education in the classroom.

The five winners of the classroom grants are K-5 educators Marian Pinson of Dalton, Ga.; Arleen Parada of Clinton, Texas; LaChandra Hooper of Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; Crystal Leyva of El Paso, Texas; and Jessica Liu of New Britain, Conn. Kool Smiles will award each teacher  a $1,000 classroom grant in recognition of their leadership as exceptional teachers who encourage their students to follow good dental health practices by making it a key part of their curriculum.

“Kool Smiles is excited to make this announcement and support five deserving teachers in communities across the country for their role as educators,” said Dr. Dale Mayfield, Chief Dental Officer for Kool Smiles.  “We hope that this program will inspire other teachers to make dental health lessons a priority in classroom curriculum to help students adopt good …

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Senator Montford Teams Up with Kool Smiles to Provide Thousands of Toothbrushes to Franklin County Students During Children’s Dental Health Month

Senator Montford coordinated with Franklin County School Superintendent Traci Moses, Franklin County School Principal Jill Rudd and Kool Smiles representatives to plan the event for students to talk about the importance of preventive dental care – such as daily brushing, flossing and eating nutritious foods – to keep teeth healthy and free of cavities.

“As the leading chronic disease among children, tooth decay is pervasive, painful and can affect everything from a child’s ability to eat, speak and learn to his or her employment prospects later in life,” said Senator Montford. “Every child deserves access to preventive dental health care. I’m excited to team up with an outstanding educator and leader like Superintendent Moses and with Kool Smiles to deliver toothbrushes to thousands of area students.”

The idea for the event came about this past holiday season when Senator Montford heard about the need for toothbrushes firsthand from children in the Franklin County area.

“As I was visiting schools this past holiday season, I was overwhelmed by how many children said they wanted their own toothbrush …

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Kool Smiles Doctors Provide Free Care to Jackson Community Families During UMMC Dental Mission Week

Dentists from Kool Smiles, a leading provider of quality dental care, teamed up with the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry  to provide free dental care during the UMMC’s Dental Mission Week.  Drs. Cristie Rives and Erica Rose assisted dental students in delivering needed dental treatments at no cost to more than 1,000 children and adults in the Jackson community.  In addition to their staffing support, Kool Smiles also donated $1,700 to the program.

“Our dentists and staff at Kool Smiles are committed to ensuring that all children and families in the Jackson area have access to dental care,” said Dr. David Moore, Area Dental Director for Kool Smiles. “That is why we were excited to be a part of a program that not only gives back to families in need, but also provides training and community engagement opportunities for the next generation of dental leaders.”

During the free care week, which ran from Feb. 5 through Feb. 9, doctors and dental students provided free dental exams, cleanings, tooth restorations and extractions to underserved families in the area.  As …

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Statement Regarding the Benevis and Kool Smiles Settlement with the Department of Justice

Benevis, and its affiliate Kool Smiles, have voluntarily entered into a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and various State Attorneys’ General to end the government’s seven-year long False Claims Act (FCA) investigation relating to services provided from 2009 to 2011.

The settlement agreement with the government does not relate to any claims regarding the quality of the dental care provided to patients. Importantly, the settlement does not include any admission or determination of wrongdoing by the companies, their employees or any Kool Smiles dentists.  In fact, the companies strongly disagree with the government’s allegations.

The investigation largely focused on professional disagreements between qualified dentists in determining the appropriate level and cost of the care.  For perspective, the government disagreed with the care provided in less than one percent of the procedures billed during the reviewed period.

The government’s own data, as well as independent, third-party research and analysis conducted by experts, disprove the allegations. A recent study by respected healthcare economists Dobson DaVanzo & Associates found Kool Smiles dentists provided fewer total dental services per Medicaid patient …

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Massachusetts Kool Smiles Dental Offices Surpass $5 Million in Uncompensated Care for Uninsured Children and Families

BOSTON – Leading children’s dental provider Kool Smiles today announced its Massachusetts dental offices have provided more than $5 million in uncompensated dental care to uninsured children and adults since 2005. The uncompensated dental care program has helped more than 55,000 Massachusetts children and families access needed dental care in instances where private insurance or Medicaid did not cover the cost of care and families could not afford to pay out of pocket.

“Ensuring that all children, regardless of insurance status, have access to high quality, affordable dental care is a crucial part of the Kool Smiles mission,” said Dr. Polly Boehnlein, Managing Dental Director for Kool Smiles. “While our doctors are proud to accept a wide variety of insurance plans – including Medicaid, CHIP and TRICARE – we also understand that sometimes insurance doesn’t cover needed services and families cannot afford to pay. We believe it is our moral and professional duty to provide uncompensated care in these situations so all patients can get the treatment they need.”

Despite recent gains in insurance coverage, many communities throughout the …

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Virginia Kool Smiles Dental Offices Surpass $16 Million in Uncompensated Care for Uninsured Children and Families

RICHMOND – Leading children’s dental provider Kool Smiles today announced its Virginia dental offices have provided more than $16 million in uncompensated dental care to uninsured children and adults since 2005. The uncompensated dental care program has helped more than 167,000 Virginia children and families access needed dental care in instances where private insurance or Medicaid did not cover the cost of care and families could not afford to pay out of pocket.

“Ensuring that all children, regardless of insurance status, have access to high quality, affordable dental care is a crucial part of the Kool Smiles mission,” said Dr. Ashley Nichols, Managing Dental Director for Kool Smiles. “While our doctors are proud to accept a wide variety of insurance plans – including Medicaid, CHIP and TRICARE – we also understand that sometimes insurance doesn’t cover needed services and families cannot afford to pay. We believe it is our moral and professional duty to provide uncompensated care in these situations so all patients can get the treatment they need.”

Despite recent gains in insurance coverage, many communities throughout the …

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Texas Kool Smiles Dental Offices Surpass $25 Million in Uncompensated Care for Uninsured Children and Families

AUSTIN – Leading children’s dental provider Kool Smiles today announced its Texas dental offices have provided more than $25 million in uncompensated dental care to uninsured children and adults since 2005. The uncompensated dental care program has helped more than 260,000 Texas children and families access needed dental care in instances where private insurance or Medicaid did not cover the cost of care and families could not afford to pay out of pocket.

“Ensuring that all children, regardless of insurance status, have access to high quality, affordable dental care is a crucial part of the Kool Smiles mission,” said Dr. Diane Earle, Managing Dental Director for Kool Smiles. “While our doctors are proud to accept a wide variety of insurance plans – including Medicaid, CHIP and TRICARE – we also understand that sometimes insurance doesn’t cover needed services and families cannot afford to pay. We believe it is our moral and professional duty to provide uncompensated care in these situations so all patients can get the treatment they need.”

Despite recent gains in insurance coverage, many communities throughout the United …

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