Sacramento, CA (PressExposure) February 07, 2012 -- February is National Children's Dental Health Month and on Feb. 4, seven Sacramento dentists gave free dental care to 50 pre-screened children at Carrington College as a part of the "Smile 4 Kids" program. The event was hosted by the Sacramento District Dental Society. The event was created in conjunction with the American Dental Association's "Give Kids a Smile" annual campaign which aims to treat children who fall between the cracks in healthcare and who could not otherwise receive dental treatment.
Access to care is a hot-button topic in the U.S. and for good reason. There is access to care so why are so many children walking around with a mouth full of rotten teeth?
The American Dental Association is aiming to help children and their families who do not otherwise have access to dental care. However, with little more than a 40% show-up rate, one has to question if access to care is truly the problem. In addition to this entirely free day of dental, Sacramento offers a number of free dental clinics.
The Department of Health in Sacramento offers a free clinic for health and dental needs as well as a variety of clinics that offer special services to children, expectant mothers, and those without insurance. Another viable option these parents have for their children is dental hygiene schools which often provide free-of-charge examinations, x-rays, and cleanings and other low-cost options.
Hoang Truong.D.S. in Natomas is passionate about dentistry and helping those in need. On February 4 she donated her Saturday to provide free dentistry through the "Smile for Kids" program. Dr. Truong treated six children in desperate need of dental care.
This is Truong's fourth year to participate in "Smiles for Kids" and tenth time to participate in programs which aim to donate free dental work to those in need. Through Loma Linda's School of Dentistry Truong donated free dentistry to orphans in Belize, Guatemala, and Vietnam.