The Department of Dental Medical at Interfaith Medical Center has recently introduced its annual Give Kids a Smile event in the celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month.
Give Kids A Smile is the largest children’s oral health charitable program in the country. GKAS is celebrated in February as is National Children’s Dental Health Month.
“Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. However, it can be prevented through education, good nutrition and access to dental care. Good dental hygiene habits begin in childhood. Oral health is a big part of overall health. We are very excited to get our kids off to a good start,” said Dr. David J. Miller of the Chairman Department of Dental Medicine at Interfaith Medical Center. For this year, more than 1,500 GKAS events featuring Interfaith as one of the sponsors will be held throughout the country to provide dental service to more than half a million children. Since the initiation in 2002, more than 5 million children have received free oral health services. These services are contributed by more than 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members. The ultimate goal for the GKAS program is to help establish dental homes for children and to assure that minors will have healthy smiles.
Compared with the rest of Brooklyn and New York City, communities in Central Brooklyn ranked among those with the worst health status statistics, including the percentage of children receiving adequate dental care. Interfaith Medical Center is proud to assist with GKAS to provide services needed in Central Brooklyn. Give Kids A Smile is made possible by funding from the American Dental Association.