NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Local children will be able to receive dental treatments at no cost for Sharing Smiles Day, Sunday, May 21.
Sharing Smiles Day is an annual event hosted by children's dental provider, Kool Smiles. In 2016, free care was provided to more than 500 children in need.
"At Kool Smiles, we believe every child should have a dentist," said Dr. Ashley Nichols, Managing Dental Director for Kool Smiles. "While we're proud to accept a wide range of insurance plans, including Medicaid and TRICARE, we also know there are children in our community who do not have dental insurance and whose parents can't afford to pay out of pocket for needed dental treatments. Sharing Smiles Day is an opportunity for our dentists and staff to give back to the community and bring smiles to children in need."
Children up to 18-years-old will be eligible for the free treatment. Patients will be seen between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Kool Smiles Janaf location at 5900 E. Virginia Beach Blvd.
Available treatments will include dental exams, limited emergency care, extractions, and restorative care.
There is a limited amount of space available for appointments, so parents are encouraged to register their children on the Kool Smiles website early. You can visit their website here.
Kool Smiles will attempt to see as many children as possible, but they will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration will not guarantee an appointment.
"If left untreated, tooth decay can lead to pain, difficulty eating, sleeping or speaking, and more serious infections, some of which can be life-threatening," said Dr. Nichols. "That's why it's important children see a dentist regularly for preventive care, before tooth decay has a chance to do lasting damage."
For more information, call Kool Smiles at (757) 466-3622, or visit their website here.