Over 8,200 local children have received a total of more than $3 million in free care during past clinics. While those numbers will increase - success is always measured one smile at a time
WHO: Over 600 children (infants through eighth graders), their parents or guardians and hundreds of dental professionals and lay volunteers.
WHAT: Give Kids A Smile, a free dental clinic providing comprehensive dental services to local, underserved children in a fun-filled environment.
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 6from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
(Mayor Slay to tour the clinic around noon on Friday and present a proclamation proclaiming Feb. 5 as “Give Kids A Smile Day” in the City of St. Louis to Dr. Thomas Flavin, president of Give Kids A Smile.)
WHERE: The Center for Advanced Dental Education located on the medical campus of Saint Louis University at 3320 Rutger Street, St. Louis, MO 63104.
SIGNIFICANCE: Hundreds of area dental professionals will be donating their time and talents to meet the dental health care needs of over 600 underserved children, free of charge, during this two-day clinic period. Infants, toddlers and those in pre-school through eighth grade will receive X-rays, professional cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants, as well as restorations, endodontics and oral surgery as needed. In addition to receiving quality dental care, it is also a day of fun-filled activities and education for children. Delta Dental of Missouri’s Tooth Wizard, Panda and PlaqueMan characters, along with a Spanish-speaking Tooth Fairy, Sir Smiles-A-Lot and his pal, Drake the Dragon and Denticator’s ProphyPal Gator will be on hand, while storytellers, face painters, and balloon artists captivate the kids. An educator from the St. Louis Zoo will also be there with fun zoo games. Each clinic adopts a fun-theme for the kids, and this clinic will be decorated with zoo animal posters and balloons for a “Zoofari” theme. Each child will receive a small, stuffed zoo animal, a free pass to the Emerson Children’s Zoo at the Saint Louis Zoo, a dental care kit, a nutritious sack lunch and a children’s book.
Those receiving care through Give Kids A Smile are typically Medicaid-eligible or qualify for a school lunch program, however the organization does entertain requests from families who have a need for assistance due to other circumstances. Give Kids A Smile and the clinics rely solely on volunteerism, donations and financial assistance from local and national companies and organizations. In addition to the unwavering support of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society and Young Dental, major local contributors include Delta Dental of Missouri, Keller Dental Laboratory, Saint Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education, the Missouri Dental Association, Patterson Dental, Goetze Dental, Guardian Life Insurance and First Pacific Corporation and others. National sponsors include Colgate, Henry Shein Dental and Dexis.
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