Give Kids A Smile provides dental care for children
By Ryan Storz
ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Children in the metro area received free dental care through Give Kids A Smile on Feb. 20-21 at Saint Louis University.
The event was held by Give Kids A Smile, a St. Louis non-profit that holds the clinic biannually. Children receive an oral examination, necessary radiographs, a thorough cleaning, fluoride treatment and education on oral hygiene and proper nutrition.
More than 600 children came to the event. Many families cannot afford dental insurance or the cost of a trip to the dentist, so problems go untreated.
"A lot of these kids have teeth that are infected," said Dr. Thomas Flavin, president of Give Kids A Smile. "It makes it difficult for them to eat, it makes it difficult for them to sleep and you can imagine it makes it difficult for them to concentrate in school."