BLACKWOOD, N.J. – A local community college helped put healthy smiles on area kids’ faces.
On Friday, February 2nd, Camden County College’s dental hygiene and dental assisting students and staff, as well as area dentists, teamed up for Give Kids a Smile Day.
The event provides free cleanings, other preventive care, and oral health education to local kids aged 12 years or younger.
Officials say the day is part of a national event aimed at giving uninsured children access to dental care so families can worry less.
“I think it’s impactful in the sense when you look at each individual that’s coming through here and what that means to them. Oftentimes these families do not have insurance or any way to afford to have this treatment done,” said Freeholder Bill Moen (D). “And when you have that opportunity there for students and young children to have that, you’re basically ensuring they will have a good smile for the rest of their lives.”
Each child at Give Kids a Smile Day event was given an oral exam, cleaning, x-rays, and a variety of other services.
The event also included a visit from the Tooth Fairy who gave the kids support through their cleanings, prizes, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.