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Northern Kentucky children get more than $9,000 of free dental care at HealthPoint


Regan Board, 6, of Independence, gets her teeth checked by Dr. Eric Soper. (Photo provided)

Regan Board, 6, of Independence, gets her teeth checked by Dr. Eric Soper. (Photo provided)

 
Northern Kentucky area dentists, hygienists and assistants met at HealthPoint Family Care this past weekend to provide free dental services to 51 children of families without dental insurance.
 
Services included oral health exams, X-rays, cleanings, sealant and fluoride varnish application and, if needed, treatment. The estimated value of the work performed for free was just under $9,500.
 
Poor oral health is a serious problem.
 
About 49 percent of Kentucky’s children have tooth decay by the time they are 5 years old and 43 percent of these cases go untreated. The national rate of children experiencing decay is 28 percent.
 
Children with dental problems are absent from school, are unable to focus on schoolwork due to pain and are more likely to go a hospital emergency room.
 
The event was presented by Healthy Smiles for Our Kids, a partnership of HealthPoint Family Care, the Northern Kentucky Health Department, Children Inc. and United Way of Greater Cincinnati.
 
The mission of the collaboration is to improve the oral health of Northern Kentucky children through education, prevention, treatment and advocacy.
 
From Healthy Smiles


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