Appointment scheduling begins January 22, event on February 2

BURLINGTON – The Alamance County Health Department and the Alamance-Caswell Dental Society will be commemorating National Children’s Dental Access Day with the annual Give Kids A Smile on February 2 from 8:30 a.m-1:00 p.m. at the Alamance Children’s Dental Clinic. The Dental Clinic is located at 1914 McKinney Street in Burlington.

Give Kids A Smile provides an opportunity for children without dental insurance to receive free dental services. The event began in 2003, and since that time, participating dentists have performed more than $1 million in free dental services for children in Alamance and Caswell counties. The Give Kids A Smile Foundation was recently awarded $5,000 from Delta Dental to help support the mission of the local Give Kids A Smile event.

“This event has really grown in the last ten years, and we are fortunate to have dedicated partners and volunteers for the event,” says Give Kids A Smile coordinator, Margaret Hooper. “This is a wonderful opportunity for children who would otherwise not receive dental services to get the care they need.”

Scheduling for the free Give Kids A Smile dental appointments will begin Tuesday, January 22 and will end Thursday, January 24. There are a limited number of appointments available, and those interested should call 336-221-1267 between 9:00 a.m. and noon and then again from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

In order to be eligible for the Give Kids A Smile event, a child must meet the following criteria:

–          Be in preschool – 8th grade

–          Reside in Alamance County or Caswell County

–          Reside in a family that has financial need

–          Have no dental insurance

–          Not currently enrolled in N.C. Medicaid or N.C. Health Choice program