With the help of local dentists, the Durham County Department of Public Health is providing free dental care for underprivileged children.
It was the 11th annual “Give Kids a Smile Day” this past Friday, and several dental clinics opened their doors from 8 am to 4 pm on a first-come first-serve basis.
“Give Kids a Smile Day” is a nationwide effort to help thousands of kids smile a little brighter.
Nearly one in four children aged 2 to 11 years old have untreated cavities in their baby teeth, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many children enrolled in Medicaid receive no dental services throughout the year.
“Attacking dental issues early is important. This is our opportunity to take a look at what each child has and then develop an action plan and get health back up to where it should be,” said Eric Nickens Jr., Durham Department of Public Health.
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