$25,000 in free dental care provided to area kids

About $25,000 in free dental care was provided to area youths through Southeastern Idaho Public Health and Idaho State University recently during the Give Kids a Smile Event. (Submitted Photo)

About $25,000 in free dental care was provided to area youths through Southeastern Idaho Public Health and Idaho State University recently during the Give Kids a Smile Event. (Submitted Photo)

By Southeastern Idaho Public Health

Southeastern Idaho Public Health and Idaho State University had another successful year for the Give Kids a Smile Event recently at ISU’s Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Dental professionals provided 93 income eligible kids (preschool age-fifth grade) more than $25,000 in preventative services. These services included dental cleanings, sealant placement, fluoride varnish, oral hygiene instructions and a thorough examination by a dentist.

Officials said 52 of the 93 children were in need of restorative work (fillings, extractions, root canals, etc.). Those youths have been referred to partnering dentists in Southeast Idaho to receive their follow-up care at no cost to the family.

Area dentists donated about $40,000 in restorative work at last year’s Give Kids a Smile Event. This year we referred more children and we expect donations to increase for 2016.

‘Give Kids a Smile Day,’ is a national event sponsored by the American Dental Association that is held every year in Pocatello in February.

The following local groups donated time and services to this year’s event: Southeastern Idaho Dental Society, Idaho State University Dental Hygiene Department, Idaho State University Dental Residency Program, Southeastern Idaho Public Health, the Idaho State Dental Association & over 20 area dentists.