Dentists, students and volunteers teamed-up to give kids a healthy smile at the “Give Kids a Smile” event held on February 4th at University of the Pacific’s Stockton dental clinic.
The San Joaquin Dental Society started “Give Kids a Smile” in 2003 to promote good oral health in the community.
The program provides free check-ups, screenings, cleanings, x-rays and other dental treatments to kids 17 and under
“We are providing free care for the underserved in the San Joaquin area, people without insurance,” says San Joaquin Dental Society Dentist, Bruce Toy,” people that cannot afford a dentists visit.”
“We started with serving only about 65 kids,” said Toy. Almost ten years later since the program started and with the help of the Pacific School of Dentistry, today we expect today probably about 300 kids today, about 100,000 worth of care.”
On average each patient will received an average of $300 worth of free dental care.
Dentist visits are just too expensive says Stockton resident Margarita Garcia, who took her 9 and 6 year old daughters to the free clinic.
“No matter what you have to wait, free dental cleanings for children is worth it,” said Garcia.
More than 300 volunteers including dentists, assistants, assistants, teachers, students make the event possible.