Volusia youth receive nearly $4,000 in dental care

Dental care
Hygienist Christine Hulme is shown with Delmi Lopez, 10, during her visit to the Department of Health in Volusia County’s dental clinic in Daytona Beach.

As part of the annual Give Kids A Smile event on Feb. 1, 13 local children received free comprehensive dental care from the Department of Health (DOH) in Volusia County.

Dental staff in the Daytona Beach and Orange City offices collectively performed 13 exams, cleanings and fluoride treatments. All patients received nutritional counseling and oral hygiene instructions.

The value of services provided was nearly $4,000 during the event. However, many will return for follow-up care totaling an additional $8,000. Patients ranged in age from 1-17.

Impact of cavities

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cavities are one of the nation’s most common chronic childhood conditions.

Left untreated cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with daily activities, including eating, speaking, playing and learning.

The annual Give Kids a Smile event is held in observance of February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month.

Millions helped

Launched by the American Dental Association (ADA) in 2003, more than five million underserved children have received free oral health services, according to the ADA’s website. 

For more information about National Children’s Dental Health Month, visit the American Dental Association website. Additional information also is online volusiahealth.com/dental.

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