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A New Smile: During Tough Economic Conditions Hundreds of Kentucky Children Receive Free Dental Care
Date:2/4/2009

Friday, February 6th, local dentists will give over 350 children a new smile!

(PRWEB) February 4, 2009 -- Friday, February 6th, local dentists will give over 350 children a new smile! The opportunity comes at a perfect time for many families. It's the seventh year for Smile Kentucky!, a community partnership that addresses the most common unmet health need in the nation, tooth decay. This year, many of the participating schools saw a sharp increase in the number of families accepting the free treatment. School coordinators point to the current economic conditions as the primary reason. Treatment that would have been put on hold can now occur with Smile Kentucky!

The treatment takes place at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, 501 South Preston Street between 8 am and 2 pm on Friday, February 6th. The children receiving care come from 29 schools in Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Spencer and Trimble Counties. Their dental needs were discovered during free screenings at school. Many of the children have never visited a dentist; others have problems that have gone untreated. Smile Kentucky! will provide over $130,000 of dental services.

Smile Kentucky! is truly a community effort. Over 100 licensed dentists and hygienists provide the treatment. The University of Louisville School of Dentistry donates the use of its school and staff. Other community groups offer funding and support. For example, Colgate provides toothbrushes, Louisville Water Company coordinates educational activities, the Louisville Dental Society recruits volunteers, and Sullivan-Schein Dental provides treatment supplies.

February 6 is a national treatment day coordinated by the American Dental Association. Louisville's program is unique because of the scop
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