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New program brings dental care to low-income families
Updated: 5/26/2010 5:00:25 PM

New program brings dental care to low-income families In an effort to reduce the number of children of low-income families who have no access to dental care in the state of Illinois, the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry has started a new program that helps connect these children to dentists in the area who are willing to provide their services at little or no cost.

The initiative takes children from local Head Start programs for underprivileged children and provides them with needed dental care. Additionally, the program seeks to educate children on things they can do on their own to improve their dental health.

William Berlocher, president of the association, said that initiatives like this are needed in Illinois because one in three children in the state come from low-income homes and don't receive regular dental care.

"Without proper care, tooth decay can cause needless pain and suffering and result in poor overall health and development," he said. "By connecting dentists with local Head Start programs, we hope to begin a lifelong preventive dental care program for our children here in Illinois."

In addition to programs like this, there are also many discount dental plans that can help families seek dental care at little cost.

For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353.

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