Zufall Health Center participated in the 11th annual American Dental Association (ADA) Give Kids A Smile Day on Friday, Feb. 1, providing free oral care and dental health education to nearly 100 children in the Dover community who might not otherwise have access to care.
The Give Kids A Smile program provides oral health services to children in need across the country and emphasizes the need for government agencies to allocate adequate funding for those services. It is sponsored by Henry Schein Dental, the U.S. Dental division of Henry Schein, Colgate-Palmolive, and DEXIS.
“It is truly a privilege to have the opportunity to give back to our community on Give Kids A Smile Day,” said Dr. Sam Wakim, Zufall Dental director. “We are honored to participate in this effort to provide much-needed access to oral health care for children in need, and to help raise awareness about the critical importance of proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits to prevent dental disease, the number one chronic disease in children.”
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25 percent of children and adolescents living in poverty had untreated tooth decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 51 million school hours are lost each year due to untreated tooth decay.
At the event, special guest Dover Mayor James P. Dodd read stories about good dental care to children from the Head Start Community Program of Morris County. The youngsters also enjoyed a visit from the Tooth Fairy, played games, and won prizes.
Assisting the Zufall staff were volunteer dentist Dr. Howard Rappoport and a group of dental assistant students from Fortis Institute.
Each year, the Give Kids A Smile program provides oral health care screenings for more than 400,000 children throughout the United States. Nationwide, nearly 40,000 dental team volunteers, including more than 10,000 dentists, participate in events held at approximately 1,800 locations. Over the past 11 years, more than 5 million children across the country have benefitted from the program.
For more information about dental care at the Zufall Health Center, 17 South Warren St. in Dover, call 973-328-3344.
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