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Free Dental Care for Kids

Posted at: 02/01/2013 5:20 PM
Updated at: 02/01/2013 5:25 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 News) -- As part of our overall health many of us may take for granted good and accessible dental care and for some, they simply cannot afford it.
     
But there is an annual event where dentists are helping make kids' smiles a whole lot brighter.

"He picked my teeth and then he poured water on them," said 5-year-old patient Sebastian.

According to him, his trip to the Good Samaritan Dental Clinic went something like this.

"Then I closed my mouth and opened it," said Sebastian.

But his check-up also included some valuable lessons.

"We are very lucky to have dental hygienists and dental assistants to give oral hygiene instructions to the kids," said Pam Lawrence of the Salvation Army.

As part of Give Kids a Smile Day the Salvation Army's Good Samaritan Clinic says they will serve more than 60 children that do not have dental insurance or access to care

"There are some kids coming in who have significant decay and haven't had the opportunity to get dental care and to have some teeth taken care of," said Dr. Bernard Bouquet a volunteer dentist.

This year for give kids a smile day they have a new tool to help them out, a new digital x-ray machine.

"We are really excited, we can send x-rays if needed so they can carry on their care in the future," said Pam Lawrence.

The goal is to start good habits early.

"Prevention is the way to go if we can prevent decay, we don't have to treat decay," said Lawrence.

Sebastian learned how to floss and how long to brush his teeth for. Habits that may keep his smile big pearly and white.

In all nearly three thousand dental care workers volunteered for the event including more than five hundred dentists.

The event continues on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.