Today is Give Kids a Smile Day

February 2, 2006–The Deming Headlight, Deming, NM–Today, children from around the state will receive free dental screenings and learn the importance of oral health care. The New Mexico Dental Association will promote the importance of oral health care during Give Kids a Smile Day from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at events and exams scheduled across New Mexico. In Deming, Dr. Richard Argant and his team will be administering free dental services for kids in the area. A total of 57 children have registered to receive the complimentary services. Dr. Argant and his staff have teamed up with the Deming Public School Migrant Program to identify kids and also with Deming High School to provide transportation to the event. Those being seen will receive free oral hygiene products and education, preventative care, sealants and other services as time permits. Dozens of NMDA dentists around the state have organized a variety of activities, presentations and extended office hours for this year’s national Give Kids a Smile Day. Give Kids a Smile Day was first held in 2003 by the American Dental Association and designed to provide children with free dental education and preventative care for tooth decay and other disorders. Several dental offices, like in Deming, have partnered with local schools to provide transportation, and many will be giving away free toothbrushes, toothpaste and other oral health care tools to the kids they will see throughout the day. “The New Mexico Dental Association is proud to support Give Kids a Smile Day and pleased that so many of our members are donating their time and talents to help kids in need,” said Mark Moores, NMDA executive director. “But a one-day volunteer event isn’t a cure all. Our state needs to do more. That is why dental visits for all children are a component of our overall Brighter Smiles for New Mexico legislative campaign this year.” February is also Children’s Dental Health Month. The NMDA is currently working with state lawmakers to raise awareness and suggest solutions to improve access to oral health care. To learn more, visit www.nmdental.org.

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