This Sunday, children with no insurance from the Tyler area were provided with free dental care at the Kool Smiles Dental Office.
There is an annual event, called “Sharing Smiles” where children with no insurance up to the age of 18 benefit from free dental care, dental exams, baby tooth root canals, crowns and limited emergency care. At the last year’s event, Kool Smiles offered free dental care to more than 400 uninsured children, and more than 30 of them were provided with treatment in Tyler.
The Kool Smiles staff and the volunteer dentists hoped to increase that number this year. According to Dr. Diane Earle, managing dental director at Kool Smiles, there are many children in their community with no insurance and whose families don’t have a decent financial status to afford a visit to the dentist. Kool Smiles is doing its best to assure affordable dental care and insurance, such as Medicaid, but it is still not enough.
Most of the children who have no access to dental care, suffer from advanced dental decay, meaning that they are in a huge need of treatment. ‘Sharing Smiles’ is just the kind of program which tries to bring a smile on the faces of those kids. Now their families may rest assured for a little bit, knowing that their children will benefit from professional attention.
The Texas Medical Association statistics showed that over 784,000 children have no health insurance in Texas. With no health insurance, it is even harder for these families to take care of their children’s health. The cost for a standard dentistry checkup varies between $175 and $200, which is an enormous amount compared to the financial status of these families, who have to pay this entire amount with no discount.
Such issues as tooth decay are hard to recognize without regular visits to the dentist. Moreover, they can become worse and lead to severe consequences. A root canal, which is needed after a standard cavity was left untreated, may cost between $700 to $900 depending on the tooth.
According to Trey Edwards, business leader at Kool Smiles, going to the dentist on a regular basis may significantly improve and maintain the child’s dental health, preventing any future issues. Therefore, he recommends everyone to visit the dentist twice a year and hopes that “Sharing Smiles” will pay off and increase the dental health of uninsured children.
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