Vail Valley: Local dental clinic to help low-income kids
Vail Valley Dental Care in Avon is participating in National Children’s Dental Health month.
About 20 local children in need of dental care will receive free services ranging from cleanings and exams to fillings and extraction of infected teeth as part of the Avon clinic’s participation in the American Dental Association’s annual Give Kids A Smile program. The children were selected through referrals from school nurses and were required to register in advance. Vail Valley Dental Care will host the event with support from Beaver Creek Endodontics in Edwards and Castle Peak Dentistry in Eagle.
“It’s heartbreaking to see a child’s smile destroyed by severe tooth decay,” said Dr. David Maloley, owner of Vail Valley Dental Care. “Many children are unable to pay attention in school, eat, or sleep because they have multiple toothaches. It also can have a dramatic negative effect on self-esteem.”
Last year, more than 44,650 dental team members nationwide participated in the Give Kids A Smile. There is also generous corporate support for the program. Companies including Colgate provided more than $2.8 million in products for the 2009 event.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tooth decay affects more than one-fourth of U.S. children aged 2 – 5 and half of those aged 12 – 15. About two-thirds of children aged 12 – 19 from low-income families have had decay.
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Public health programs such as Medicaid are supposed to help low-income children, but utilization rates are low. In Eagle County, fewer than 25 percent of Medicaid-eligible children use their dental benefits.
To learn more go to http://www.vailvalleydentalcare.com or call 970-949-3331.