ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Dr. Jeff Dalin, one of the dentists participating in the Give Kids A Smile free dental clinic, brought a portable x-ray machine to the station to show Tim just one of the services available for kids who have no access to dental care otherwise.
During the two-day clinic, approximately 600 infants, toddlers and school-aged children will be seen by dental professionals. Comprehensive services include X-rays, professional cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants, as well as restorations, endodontics and oral surgery as needed.
Those under age four will receive special, age-appropriate care in the Tiny Smiles area of the clinic.
Those in need of extensive dental services that cannot be completed within the clinic timeframe can obtain the needed, and often critical, follow-up care at no cost through one of the private dental offices enrolled in GKAS`s Smile Factories program.
Routine, professional oral health care isn`t top priority for many area families struggling to make ends meet. As a result, some local children have never been to the dentist and have mouths with untreated cavities, decay and infection.
The Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program is working to address this critical issue by hosting a free, comprehensive dental clinic at the Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education on March 1 and 2.
GKAS is encouraging teachers and counselors in area schools, churches and organizations to help identify those children they know are in need of care.
Any child who is Medicaid-eligible, qualifies for a school lunch program or needs assistance due to other circumstances are welcome.
All children must be pre-registered to receive services at the clinic.
To learn more about the work of Give Kids A Smile or to register for the upcoming clinic, call 636-397-6453, visit www.gkas.org, find them on Facebook under Give Kids A Smile St. Louis or follow them on Twitter @GKAS_StLouis.