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Though National Children's Dental Health Month has passed, one California county is not waiting for February to come around again to give needy kids free dental care.
The El Dorado County Children's Health Initiative provided local dentists to administer dental checkups and care for 125 children in the area with no dental insurance coverage, the Ledger Dispatch reports. The initiative was made possible through the Sacramento District Dental Foundation's Smile for Kids program and is a continuation of a similar program implemented last month.
"This was truly a community effort to help these children, some of whom had never been to a dentist," Vicki Cowley, health education coordinator for the initiative, told the news provider.
Cowley added that participation in the program was the highest since it started in 1991.
School nurses identified children with the poorest dental health as candidates for the free dental care from the volunteer dentists, according to the article. Children who needed extensive dental care were given a treatment plan to follow.
"Dental health problems that go unaddressed can lead to other health problems, missed school days and other concerns," Cowley said.
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