Jackson Creek Dental Group will once again be hosting Smile for Kids to treat children, at no cost, who “fall between the cracks” in healthcare – children who would not otherwise receive dental treatment – on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Because of the overwhelming number of children attending this event appointments will be scheduled in advance starting Monday, January 22 2018. These appointments will be filled on a first-come-first served basis by calling Jackson Creek Dental Group at (209) 223-2712. Once the schedule is full they will no longer accept additional patients.
To qualify for treatment, children must be 2-18 years of age, qualify for free or reduced fee school lunches, WIC or CHDP, be a resident of Amador County, and they must not be covered by private dental insurance. A parent or legal guardian must accompany the child throughout the appointment.
“Children who meet the program requirements may receive, at no cost, a complete dental exam and x-rays, as needed,” stated Craig Kinzer, DDS at Jackson Creek Dental Group. “We will also provide a teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment and prescription, sealants, orthodontic evaluations, and other emergency dental care as time allows. The dental staff and volunteers who participate in Smiles for Kids feel very fortunate to be able to give back to the community on this special day.”
The doctors and their staff have provided this service to the community on a volunteer basis for over 32 years. Smiles for Kids also provides an opportunity to educate both the child and parent about how the effects of poor oral health extend far beyond problems in the mouth, often causing other health related issues.
“Every child deserves a healthy smile,” quoted Dwight Simpson, DDS at Jackson Creek Dental Group. “Tooth decay is the #1 chronic childhood disease in America and is largely preventable. Untreated dental disease is very painful and affects a child’s physical, emotional and social development. This Smiles for Kids event is one way we can become part of the solution and help give the children in our community healthy smiles for life.”
As in past years, crucial follow-up treatment may be provided through the Sacramento District Dental Society’s Adopt-a-Child Orthodontic and Specialty Referral Care Programs. Several local dentists will also be providing these services right here in Amador County as part of the Adopt-a-Child Program. Children requiring Orthodontic and Specialty Referral Care follow-up appointments may be assigned to a specialist to receive necessary endodontic, periodontic, pediatric, orthodontic and oral surgery treatments.
For more information contact Jackson Creek Dental Group at (209) 223-2712.
Jackson Creek Dental Group Smiles for Kids 2018 photo caption:
Pictured above is Rachel Maita, RDH with one of the Smiles for Kids patients.