Give Kids A Smile

Author: Dr. David Dickerhoff, DDS, MAGD, FOCOI

February is National Dental Health Month and one of the flagship programs run by the American Dental Association is an effort to assist underserved children throughout the nation with volunteer participation in Give Kids A Smile. Give Kids A Smile allows dentists see pediatric patients pro-bono within their private practices in an effort to raise awareness in oral health. Each year, about 6,500 dentists and 30,000 team members volunteer at local Give Kids A Smile events across the country to provide free oral health education, screenings, preventive and restorative treatment to about 300,000 children. This year, Give Kids A Smile celebrates its 20th anniversary and I am proud to say that Spring Lake Dental Group has participated every year since its inception. Giving back to our community has been central to our mission since we opened our doors in 1996. 

The shortcomings of the Give Kids A Smile program is that solving problems for our kids sometimes can not be achieved within the day that is allocated for screening and treatment. While we make every effort to perform preventive care such as dental cleanings, fluoride application, placing sealants and taking radiographs, some of our children require more extensive care. When this happens, our practice continues to see these children free of cost until their immediate care needs are met. We feel blessed here at Spring Lake Dental Care to be giving the care that we do. Giving back in this manner is certainly a labor of love.

Keep your ear to the ground, and if you have an uninsured child that may need dental care, call our office in January 2023 to schedule them an opening on our schedule!