The non-profit dentistry group Christina's Smile, brings dental care to children in the form mobile dentistry clinics housed in a 48-foot trailer that follows the PGA tour around the nation. This week they will be in Rock Island, Iowa, for the John Deere Classic.
They specifically target children aged 6-16 without normal access to dental care: children from homeless shelters, inner cities, migrant workers and others without dental insurance. Local dentists provide volunteer service and children are picked out by social and community service organizations. The children receive a dental checkup and any dental care necessary for protection and maintenance of their immediate dental health.
Christina's Smile was founded in 1989 in Texas by Dr Richard Garza.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in childhood, and according to Christina's Smile, over 51 million school hours are lost each year in the U.S. to illness related to dental health. A recent study found that 44 percent of families making less than $35,000 a year put off dental care for their children due to financial hardship in the last year.
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