(KUTV) The Dental Clinic at Roseman University is taking part in the Give Kids A Smile 2016.
Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood health condition. In Utah, 1 out of 5 children do not have dental insurance and in a 2010 Utah Department of Health survey 13% of parents indicated that there was a time in the past year their child needed dental treatment and they were unable to get it. The most common reason that parents are unable to provide dental care for their children is that they could not afford it or have no insurance.
More than half of all children in Utah have untreated cavities, and about 1 in 5 have severe untreated dental decay. Only one-fourth of all children in Utah had sealants on permanent molar teeth, which are one of the easiest ways to prevent cavities. Tooth decay often leads to cavities and gum disease. Left untreated, these conditions cause pain and missed school days, and make it difficult for children to focus and learn.
During the 2016 Give Kids a Smile Event, student dentists from Roseman University's College of Dental Medicine will provide:
- Free dental exams
- Free x-rays
- Free fluoride
- Free teeth cleanings
- Every child who attends the event will also receive a $50 voucher that can be used at The Dental Clinic at Roseman University for any future treatment needs.
All dental work will be supervised by Roseman University faculty members who are licensed Utah dentists. Student dentists will also provide parents with education and information about proper oral health care for children.
Give Kids a Smile is a national event organized by the American Dental Association. It began in 2003 as a way for dentists across the country to join with others in their community to provide dental services to underserved children. It was initially a one-day event in February and has grown to include national and local events year-round. Approximately 350,000 children receive treatment at 1,500 events with more than 40,000 people volunteering their time to participate.
For more information, visit rosemandental.com or call (801) 878-1200.