San Mateo County Dental Society (CA)

Give Kids a Smile Day


 

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Making a Difference in the Dental Health of Our County’s Neediest Children

Starting February 2002 with ADA’s inaugural Give Kids a Smile™ Day- and each Give Kids a Smile™ Day thereafter, SMCDS volunteers working in cooperation with San Mateo County Health Services Agency have provided dental services free of charge to children from three to 15 years of age who otherwise would not have received dental care, including: oral exams, dental education, oral prophylaxes, fluoride treatments, sealants, restorative treatment, and dental health kits. Here’s a little of our history: 

 

Patients Scheduled/Treated (% of Children Seen)
2007    189/149 (79%) 2009    137/105 (77%)
2008    241/218 (90%) 2010    184/150 (82%)

 

Participating Dentists
  General Ortho Pedo Total Offices
2007 19 1 3 23 18
2008 21 3 4 29 24
2009 17 1 2 20 18
2010 20 2 - 22 18

 

Thanks to the generosity of our members, dental supply partner Henry Schein Dental, and ADA/CDA/SMCDS foundations outreach funding, 150 underserved children participating in the February 5, 2010 GKAS event received $45,478 in donated dental services, supplies, materials as summarized below.

 

February 5, 2010 Care Provided
Procedure # ~Value Total
Exam 150 $60 9,000
BWX 144 $55 7,920
PA's 56 $28 1,568
Panorex 4 $92 368
Prophy 123 $75 9,225
Sealant 187 $50 9,350
Fluoride 66 $19 1,254
Restore: 1 Surface 12 $125 1,500
Restore: 2 Surfaces 11 $135 1,485
Restore: 3 Surfaces 2 $150 300
Pulpotomy 1 $200 200
Extraction 3 $111 333
Pulp Cap 1 $125 125
Services     $42,628
Disposable Supplies (HS) 150 $5 750
Dental Materials 150 $12 1,800
Child's Oral Health Kit 150 $2 300
Supplies/Materials     $2,850
Total Services and Supplies     $45,478

 

We invite you to add your support to the Give Kids a Smile™ program, whether on Give Kids a Smile Day or another day better suited to your office schedule.  Our hope is to provide a broader range of services and to improve not only the dental health of an even greater number of children but awareness within the community and among law- and policy-makers of the on-going challenges low-income children and children with disabilities face in accessing dental care.  Even with the high level of charitable care delivered by dentists every year, we will never solve the problem of untreated dental disease among our children without their support in creating common sense, market-based solutions to access disparities. 

 

Give Kids a Smile Day is usually the first Friday in February. Interested in getting involved this year?

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