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Dental clinic participates in Give Kids a Smile


January 24, 2018 | View PDF

Staff members at Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry are hoping to help around a 100 children from families who can’t afford dental coverage.

The dental clinic, which has a location in Marysville, will be participating in the Give Kids a Smile event organized by the American Dental Association.

The event takes place Feb. 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 919 State Ave., Suite 104. Children through age 12 will receive a cleaning, exams, fluoride, X-ray and a treatment plan to get further help. Volunteers will also go over resources that are available for families to find low-cost dental coverage and how to apply for it.

“We’re just going to be giving them a bunch of resources and hopefully we’ll get them the help they need,” said Precia Edwards, patient coordinator at Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry. Two dentists and around a half dozen dental assistants are volunteering to help the children.

Approximately one in four children under age 5 have cavities, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many children who are enrolled in Medicaid receive no dental services.

Even if children receive state dental assistance, few dental offices accept the state program because the payouts are so low, Edwards said. She added that Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry does accept the state plan.

The Feb. 2 event marks the first time the Marysville-based clinic offered the event. The American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program began in 2003. Between 350,000 to 400,000 children nationwide benefit from the approximately 1,500 events nationwide that are staffed by 40,000 volunteers.

For families needing dental assistance for their child, show up at Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry at 8 a.m. Feb. 2. Families will receive a ticket saying what time they should return to get a check-up for their child.

Edwards said the volunteers are prepared to see around 100 children.

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