Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016
Over 100 TCAP Head Start children received free dental care over two days through the Give Kids a Smile program. The two-day program ran Feb. 4-5 at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and the Choffin Career and Technical Center. Thirty-six volunteers, including dentists, dental hygienists; students from Choffin’s dental-assistant program, dental residents from Valley Care Health System of Ohio, Corydon Palmer Dental Society members and St. Elizabeth’s Youngstown Medical Center participated in the two-day event. Examinations, cleanings, extractions, fillings, X-rays and fluoride treatments were provided.
Dr. Sergio Nadler of Corydon Palmer Dental Society has been chair of the Give Kids a Smile program for the past 15 years. Nadler, who is also on the TCAP Board, is proud of what the program has become over the years.
“Year after year, the need is greater,” Dr. Nadler said. “Our mission is to achieve oral health and this program is a tremendous way to meet that need. The earlier preventive oral-health actions can be performed, the better.”
Head Start students range in age from 3-5. The American Dental Association began the Give Kids A Smile program in 2003.