NER2- Dental professionals to donate $1.2 million in care for Give Kids A Smile®

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Northeast Region

WEST ALLIS, WIS., Jan. 30, 2013 – More than 9,500 low-income Wisconsin children will receive an estimated $1.2 million in donated dental care this Friday, Feb. 1, and during upcoming weeks, as part of the 11th annual Give Kids A Smile® national children’s dental access program. 

At least 330 dentists, 234 dental hygienists and 530 other dental team members, dental, hygiene and assisting students, faculty and community advocates will volunteer their time and skills to get underserved children across the Badger State out of pain and treat dental disease with fillings, extractions and crowns. Other events involve dental health screenings, cleanings and oral hygiene education.

GKAS® activities are taking place in private dental practices, large-scale clinics, classrooms and community centers in at least 59 communities statewide.

The Wisconsin Dental Association and its member dentists and dental hygienists work with the state’s Department of Health Services, local government agencies, schools, Head Start and youth and community organizations to identify low-income children in need of dental treatment.

Tooth decay is a serious and transmissible disease. Early childhood cavities, which are preventable, are five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever among America’s children according to the U. S. Surgeon General’s “Oral Health in America” report.

In the Badger State, DHS reports 25 percent of Head Start children ages 3 and 4 have untreated decay and 33 percent have had cavities and now have fillings.

Children in our nation miss more than 51 million school hours annually because of dental problems according to the Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Data Resource Center.

The 16-county WDA Northeast Region features GKAS® events in several communities this Friday. Activities scheduled for other dates or with available patient slots are specifically noted.

AppletonTri-County Community Dental Clinic is coordinating care this Friday and throughout the remainder of February for approximately 85 children between the ages of 3 and 18 from Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago counties. Thirty-two volunteer dentists and their teams are providing basic preventive care, filling cavities and treating other dental disease. Volunteers also include TCCDC staff and students from Fox Valley Technical College and Marquette University School of Dentistry.

Dental Associates’ Evergreen Drive team will treat six to eight patients referred by TCCDC on Friday. In addition, staff visits local schools throughout February with oral hygiene presentations and distribute goody bags to students.

College Avenue Dental Associates has scheduled needed treatment for 18 children referred by community charitable and medical clinics. They also will visit eight Fox Valley schools during NCDHM and speak to an an estimated 800 students in kindergarten through fifth grade about the importance of brushing, flossing and eating a healthy diet.

Dr. David Emanuel and his three person team have appointments for eight children screened by TCCDC. Necessary preventive and restorative care will be provided.

Fox Valley Dental is also a TCCDC referral site. This team will provide critical care to 10 young patients.

The Midwest Dental team on Waterford Lane has scheduled appointments for children ages 3 – 13 and will provide care as needed.

Dr. Roger Stanek’s Wisconsin Avenue office is scheduling appointments and providing 10 children in need with critical dental care throughout the month of February.

Chilton – Baus Family Dental will provide upwards of 50 children with cleanings, sealants and fillings. Team members are also visiting local classrooms with oral hygiene presentations.

Midwest Dental on Brooklyn Street is working with the local health department to schedule 10 youngsters, ages 3 – 14, for needed preventive and restorative care.

Fond du Lac – At least nine Fond du Lac County Dental Society members, in cooperation with the county health department, have scheduled upwards of 115 youngsters for basic preventive and restorative care on Friday and during the coming weeks. Dentists will be assisted by 40 volunteer staffers.

Green Bay – Twenty children will be welcomed by Dental Associates where three dentists and seven volunteer staff will provide basic dental services.

Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve continues her commitment to provide free dental exams and oral health education as needed throughout the school year by an estimated 350 children in the Green Bay School District’s Head Start program. As volunteer dental director for the program, she also provides free follow-up care.

The east and west Midwest Dental offices together will see approximately 24 children. Three dentists and 16 team members will provide various preventive and restorative services.

Greenville – Dental Associates is among the teams seeing children referred by TCCDC.

Markesan – Midwest Dental on North Street has scheduled appointments for a dozen patients to receive exams and basic preventive treatments like fluoride and sealants.

Menasha – The Mid-Valley Dental team is working with the local school district to identify students in need of care.

Mount Calvary – Dr. Thomas Gietman and his team are part of the Fond Du Lac County Dental Society GKAS® outreach. Five young patients have been referred to this office for care during February.

Neenah – The Midwest Dental team on Bell Street has scheduled nine children for a variety of services this Friday.

TCCDC has referred four youngsters to Dr. Steven Stoll’s office for basic preventive and restorative care.

Oconto Falls – Dr. Debra Munes and her team have identified 20 children from low-income families who need dental care. They will be treated on Monday, March 4.

Oshkosh – At Midwest Dental’s north and south locations, 65 youngsters between the ages of 3 and 17 will receive oral health screenings, preventive services and necessary restorative care. Local youth programs and health departments helped identify children in need.

Plymouth – Joseph & Joseph Dental is working with the Sheboygan Dental Access Committee to provide oral hygiene education, exams, cleanings, dental sealants, fluoride treatment and urgent care to area children.

The local Midwest Dental clinic staff will provide exams and preventive treatment to 10 youngsters.

Sheboygan – The Sheboygan Dental Access Committee, with representatives from the Sheboygan County Dental Society, Sheboygan County Health and Human Services Department and the Sheboygan County Head Start, worked with local family and youth service programs to identify youngsters in need of dental exams, basic preventive care and emergency treatment. Personal oral hygiene instruction for the families is also an important part of this outreach. A pre-screening event was held Jan. 21. Follow-up care in 10 volunteer dental offices is scheduled for this Friday and throughout February.

Sturgeon Bay – The Ministry Door County Medical Center Dental Clinic and Brown Door Kewaunee Dental Society teamed up for GKAS® 2013. Children were prescreened during January. Seventy-two children from low-income families will receive exams, teeth cleanings, preventive services and treatment for dental disease this Friday and in the coming weeks.  

“The WDA, American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend children have a professional dental exam no later than age 1, because baby teeth matter to a child’s early physical, social and emotional development,” said Dr. Timothy Durtsche, WDA president and La Crosse oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

Approximately $6 million in free dental care and instruction has been provided to 40,417 Wisconsin youth through GKAS® since 2003.

 “Charity isn’t an effective or efficient way of reducing barriers to dental care. Dentists are glad to donate their time and skills, but we also want to work with lawmakers to help the state make ‘Healthy Choices’ for the long term,” Durtsche said.

GKAS® activities are supported, in part, nationwide with donations from Henry Schein Dental, Colgate and DEXIS®. WDA Insurance and Services Corp. offers pediatric dental forms to Wisconsin GKAS® events through The Dental Record under its Professional Services Division.