BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A Biloxi dental office is helping put big smiles on both children's and their parent's faces with a free-care day Sunday. Kool Smiles will provide dental services at no cost to uninsured children in Biloxi at its annual Sharing Smiles Day.
"While Kool Smiles is proud to provide quality, affordable dental care to families with various forms of insurance, including Medicaid, we also recognize there are many children in our community who have no insurance and whose families cannot afford regular trips to the dentist," said Dr. Brad Bryan, managing dental director at Kool Smiles.
Available treatments will include dental exams, limited emergency care, extractions, fillings, and baby tooth root canals and crowns. Treatments will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and treatment offerings will be determined by the dentist.
If left untreated, dental decay can lead to pain, difficulty eating and chewing, and more serious infections - some of which can be life threatening. At the very least, untreated dental decay can cause children to settle for less than bright smiles.
"Children who do not have regular access to a dentist often have advanced dental decay and their treatment needs are significant," said Bryan. "We want to put a smile back on the faces of these children by getting them the dental care they need, but which their families cannot afford."
Children up to 18 years of age are eligible to participate at the event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the dental practice's Biloxi office, located at 2650 Beach Blvd.
Sharing Smiles Day is an annual event hosted by Kool Smiles Dentistry for Kids. During Sharing Smiles Day 2015, Kool Smiles dentists provided free dental care to more than 400 children in need. The volunteer dentists and staff hope to double that number this year.
In an effort to serve Biloxi children who are in the greatest need, eligibility will be limited to children who have no form of dental insurance. The Kool Smiles website provides more information on the Sharing Smiles free care day, including where children in need of dental care can find a nearby participating office.
For more information, click here to visit the Kool Smiles website or call 228-273-1689.