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The children of St. Louis will be soon be smiling, and not just because Santa Claus is coming to town.
The Daughters of Charity Foundation in St. Louis recently approved a sizable $80,000 grant to help provide area children with preventative dental care through the organization Give Kids a Smile.
GKAS holds various events throughout the year aimed at educating the public on the importance of administering regular teeth cleanings as well as scheduling dental checkups. However, as their name suggest, GKAS is mostly focused on children and providing dental care to those who need it the most.
"The prevalence of tooth decay among young children is a very real problem," said Joan Allen, executive director of GKAS in a statement. "Cavity-causing plaque can begin its attack even before a child's first tooth surfaces."
According to the American Dental Association, a child's teeth are at risk of tooth decay the moment they first appear in their mouth, which is typically at 6 months of age. The ADA suggests parents should wipe off their infant's gums with a "damp gauze pad or washcloth" to prevent childhood tooth decay.
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