Initiative Delivers Smiles to Children Without Insurance
Fifty-one children from families who do not have insurance received free dental care over the weekend at HealthPoint Family Care in Bellevue.
Local dentists, hygienists, and assistants provided oral health exams, X-rays, cleanings, sealant and fluroide varnish application, and treatment when needed. The estimated value of the word done at no charge is $9,500.
Nearly half of Kentucky’s children have decay experience by the time they are 5-years old; 43% of these cases go untreated, according to a news release from Children, Inc. The national rate of children experiencing decay is 28%. Children with dental problems are absent from school, are unable to focus on schoolwork due to pain and are more likely to go a hospital emergency room.
The event was presented by Healthy Smiles for Our Kids, a partnership of HealthPoint Family Care, the Northern Kentucky Health Department, Children, Inc., and United Way of Greater Cincinnati. The mission of the collaboration is to improve the oral health of Northern Kentucky children through education, prevention, treatment and advocacy.
Photo: Regan Board, 6, of Independence, gets her teeth checked by Dr. Eric Soper