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Area Dentists, University of Detroit Mercy Team Up to Provide Free Dental Care to Low-Income, Uninsured Detroit-Area Children on Saturday, February 2
Date:1/29/2008

It's important to remember," according to Lariscy, "that a healthy body starts with a healthy mouth. Untreated dental disease is painful and can affect a child's physical, emotional and social development. Oral health must be considered part of primary care. Until then, for every child we care for on this day, even thousands more will continue to suffer until dental health becomes a priority funding issue."

"A one-day event like 'Give Kids a Smile' is not a cure-all, it's a wake-up call," said Lariscy. "Here in Michigan, one percent of the total Medicaid budget is allocated to dental services for both children and adults. Dentists want to be part of the solution, but we can't solve the access problem on our own."

For a list of other events in your area, and additional information about "Give Kids a Smile," please visit http://www.smilemichigan.com and click on "Public."

Headquartered in Lansing, the Michigan Dental Association has more than 5,800 members in 26 local dental societies and two dental schools. Since its founding in 1856, the MDA has sought to educate the public, enhance its members' ability to provide high quality care and to promote the science and art of dentistry. For more information on the "Give Kids a Smile" program or other MDA initiatives call (800) 589-2632 or log on to http://www.smilemichigan.com.


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