A smile for kids

Lauren Mathis provides free dental care for a child on Feb. 5 during the “Give Kids a Smile” event by the Wilkes Public Health Dental Clinic at West Park in North Wilkesboro.

The Wilkes Public Health Dental Clinic provided free dental care for 53 children during the “Give Kids a Smile” event on Feb. 5 at West Park in North Wilkesboro.

This event is held each year on the first Friday in February in conjunction with National Children’s Dental Health Month. The procedures provided to the children, who ranged in age from 3 to 17, by the staff members and volunteers was valued at more than $28,000.

The mission of the clinic is to serve the unserved and the underserved children and adults of Wilkes County and the health professional services areas in need of dental care.

Clinic staff members work with Wilkes County Schools nurses and the Wilkes County Health Department staff to screen and identify children who are in need of dental care. The children for whom these free services are provided must be under 18 years of age and have no dental insurance.

This event provides an array of services that include education/oral hygiene instructions, cleanings, X-rays, fluoride treatments with fluoride varnish, dental sealants, restorations with fillings or stainless steel crowns, and tooth extractions.

This month, the clinic has also been hosting a virtual dental fair on its Facebook page. Each week there has been a short video that combines dental education along with a bit of humor. Goody bags have been given away weekly, and a big grand prize will be awarded at the end of February.

To learn more about the clinic, visit wilkespublic dentalclinic.com.

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