Free dental screens with Smile Kentucky!

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For the first time, Smile Kentucky! is participating in “Make a Difference Day” and will be providing free dental screenings to Marion County and Washington County elementary school children at the Walmart in Lebanon. The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Heartland Dental Van will serve as the backdrop while volunteer dentists and hygienists perform the screenings. It’s a fun, yet professional setting for many first-time dental patients. Educators will visit the six participating schools in November with an education program on proper dental care. Eligible students will be invited to receive free treatment in February to address their most pressing dental needs.
Free dental screenings will be provided from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Lebanon Walmart store.
Smile Kentucky! is a community partnership that tackles what the U.S. Surgeon General has called the number one common, chronic childhood disease - tooth decay. Smile Kentucky! provides dentists and hygienists to perform free oral health screenings at school to children in grades three through six and health educators to teach children in kindergarten through sixth grade how to brush and floss teeth, the importance of fluoride, and how to identify the amount of sugar in snacks.
Parents receive a report on the dental screenings. Smile Kentucky! will identify children with no dental care coverage; those children will receive free treatment in February at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and satellite Smile Kentucky! offices.
Established in 2002, Smile Kentucky! is considered a national model for community partnerships. Over 110,000 children have taken part in education programs, over 30,000 have received a free dental screening, and over 2,600 have received free dental treatment.