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Grin & Share It this February

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What comes to mind when you think of February? Most people probably think of Valentine’s Day, hearts, and candy (all very good things!), but at Kids Smiles we think of healthy teeth and bright smiles in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month. What began as a single day observance roughly 30 years ago by the American Dental Association, the focus on children’s dental health has grown into a month long campaign to raise awareness about the importance of childhood dental health through events and activities for families across the country.

This year Kids Smiles’ focus during National Children’s Dental Health Month is our Grin & Share It program, which provides free dental care to uninsured children. Although tooth decay is preventable, it remains the most common chronic childhood illness and without treatment can lead to severe pain and infections, missed school days, poor speech and mouth development, and decreased self-esteem. Children without insurance are 5 times more likely than insured children not to have seen a dentist in the past year, significantly increasing their chances of suffering from tooth decay and its consequences. The Grin & Share It program is so important because it provides free dental care to over 2,000 children every year with limited or no insurance coverage who otherwise would not be able to afford the treatment they need.

As we observe National Children’s Dental Health Month this February, we are asking our friends to show support for children’s dental health care by making a donation to Grin & Share It. Your donation will help provide free dental care for children with limited or no insurance, a gift that will bring healthy smiles to children in our community. Please join us by visiting the Kids Smiles Grin & Share It fundraiser website https://grinandshareit2018.causevox.com/!