February 5, 2011


BURLINGTON – Not even a healthy dose of liquid sunshine could dampen the spirits of over 75 area dental professionals and community volunteers taking part in the eighth annual Alamance-Caswell Give Kids a Smile event, held today at the Alamance County Health Department’s Children’s Dental Center.

Throughout the morning, 80 children streamed through the treatment area and came away with much more than free dental care and gym bags filled with giveaway provided by local businesses.

A unique feature of Alamance-Caswell Give Kids a Smile is the Adopt-A-Smile initiative.  During the dental examination, if a child is found to have more extensive and immediate dental treatment needs beyond what can be provided on the day of the event, participating dentists will adopt the child into their private practice at no cost to the parent or guardian.  Over the course of today’s five hour event, 29 children were adopted.

Additional figures from today’s event include:


Dental Examinations 80
Prophylaxis (Dental Cleanings) 68
Fluoride Varnish Treatments 69
Number of Sealants Applied to Teeth 302
Total Number of Procedures 519
Total Cost of Treatment* *Preliminary – not inclusive of treatment costs of children adopted into private practices Over $21,000
Total Children Adopted 29