Volunteer dentists providing free care to Georgia children - CBS46 News

Volunteer dentists providing free care to Georgia children

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SMYRNA, GA (CBS46) -

Some metro Atlanta dentists joined together Friday to provide free dental services to underserved children.

The Give Kids A Smile event is being held at Fortis College in Smyrna.

The American Dental Association began the Give Kids A Smile program in 2003. Each year, approximately 450,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events nationwide, thanks to 40,000 or more volunteers.

Georgia has approximately 20 events across the state on Friday, Feb. 7. This year alone, nearly 200 volunteer dentists and their staff will provide free dental services to about 5,000 Georgia children. The services include education, screenings, fillings, sealants and fluoride treatment.

Nearly one in four children between the ages of 2 and 11 have untreated cavities in their baby teeth, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Give Kids A Smile program aims to provide free, easily accessible dental services to local, qualifying children, raise awareness of the epidemic of untreated dental disease occurring locally and nationally and create local public and private partnerships to increase access to oral health care.

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