Children will have the opportunity to receive free dental services from Dr. Andrew English and his dental team at Smile for Life Dentistry as part of Kids Free Dentistry Day.
Nearly one in four children between the ages of 2 to 11 years has untreated cavities in primary teeth, according to the CDC. Unfortunately, children are not visiting a dentist near often enough to treat decay in its early stages.
“It’s unfortunate that so many children have enough decay in their primary teeth that the only solution is multiple crowns or pulling teeth that can no longer be saved,” said Dr. English. “We look at Kid’s Free Dentistry Day as a way to provide important preventative care to children in our community, as well as educate them on the importance of having a good oral hygiene regimen.”
During Kids Free Dentistry Day, free cleanings will be provided to children on Friday, August 3 between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. at 4971 South State Route 159 in Maryville. Patients will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (618) 288-6699 or visit www.FreeDentistryDay.org.
Only 45 percent of people 20 and younger see a dentist at least once a year, according to a national survey conducted in 2004. However, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends all children visit the dentist every six months for routine and preventative care.
“It’s so gratifying to see the impact that events like Kids Free Dentistry Day can have on the life of a child,” said Dr. English. “At the same time we’re changing these kids’ lives, they’re changing ours.”
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (618) 288-6699 or visit www.SmileForLifeDental.com.
PHOTO: File photo of the dental team at Smile for Life Dentistry.