On February 3, 2012 thousands of children from low-income families across the United States will receive free dental services ranging from cleanings, examinations, fillings, sealants and other dental procedures as part of the 10th Annual National Give Kids A Smile® day (GKAS). More than just the Super Bowl took place in Indianapolis that weekend as Scott Dentistry collaborated in this initiative by hosting GKAS at their practice in Northeast Indianapolis. Numerous children were provided with free dental services that totalled over thousands of dollars at the office of Dr. Leonard S. Scott and Dr. Lynna C. Scott. A “Teddy Bear Contest” was also held where each child who had a successful dental exam received a free teddy bear, compliments of Scott Dentistry.
How the program works is that students ages 16 and under who either do not have access to dental insurance or who are on Medicaid but do not have a dental home are identified by local school nurses, teachers and other educational professionals as needing dental treatment. The students’ families are encouraged to call the GKAS hotline at Scott Dentistry to schedule an appointment for the student. Scott Dentistry has participated in this outstanding program for eight years.
Nearly 1 in 4 children, aged 2 to 11 years old have untreated cavities in their baby teeth, according to the CDC. While poor diet and oral hygiene certainly play a role, cavities are actually caused by a disease called caries which is five times more common than asthma. Through programs such as GKAS, many children who are at an increased risk for caries can be treated. Dr. Lynna Scott states that, “Scott Dentistry is honored to serve our community in this capacity. It is our hope that this program will continue to grow and occur more than just once a year.”