Concorde Career College in Kansas City is participating in the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile Program. This annual event provides free dental hygiene services to local qualifying children and raises awareness of the epidemic of untreated dental disease.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in four children aged 2 to 11 have untreated cavities in their baby teeth. In the U.S. alone, 9 million children lack health insurance and twice that number lack access to oral health services.
Concorde’s Dental Hygiene Program Director, Sandy Roe emphasizes that it is not only important to provide free services, but also to educate the community of the need. “Dental disease is preventable, yet dental care is the most common unmet health need in children today. The key is to build local, public, and private partnerships to increase access to oral healthcare to solve this crisis,” added Roe. “Concorde continues to serve Kansas City’s basic dental needs with our Dental Hygiene Clinic.”
“This is a great opportunity to serve the community and remind them of the resources available in our Dental Hygiene Clinic,” states Jami Frazier, Vice President of Operations for Concorde.
On Thursday, February 21, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Concorde Dental Hygiene Clinic will be providing free services to an estimated 50 children within the Kansas City metro area. The clinic will be staffed with one dentist, five hygienists, one assistant and 48 dental hygiene students.
Concorde Career College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic is located at 3217 Broadway Street, Suite 500, Kansas City, Missouri, 64111. To make an appointment, call 1-816-595-2079.