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Give Kids a Smile Day offers children free quality dental care

A child receives free dental care during the 2019 Give Kids a Smile Day event at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.

Each year, the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) provides approximately $50,000 worth of free dental care for children in need during Give Kids a Smile Day, according to a press release.

The SIU SDM is excited to offer its 15th annual Give Kids a Smile Day on Oct. 12. Free comprehensive dental care will be provided to qualifying children (those eligible for free and reduced-priced meal programs) ages 3-13. Appointments are required. Parents or guardians are invited to make an appointment by calling Holly at 618-474-7200.

“At SIU School of Dental Medicine, we always enjoy this wonderful opportunity to provide treatment to as many children as possible,” said Katie Kosten, DMD, Director of Community Dentistry. “Generally, children are off of school on this date, so it affords the opportunity to have their urgent and routine dental care needs addressed.

“It’s important for interested participants to note that this year, unlike year’s past, appointments are required to receive this free care. We are doing everything possible to keep our patients, faculty, staff and students safe amid COVID-19.”

One parent or guardian must accompany each child getting treatment. Comprehensive care includes examinations, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings, sealants, stainless steel crowns and extractions. All dental services will be provided by SIU SDM faculty, students and staff.

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