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Knightstown Gentle Dentists Ready to 'Give Kids a Smile'
January 28, 2009 - The Gentle Dentists in Knightstown recently announced plans to provide free dental care to needy children. On Friday February 6, all staff members of Knightstown Gentle Dentist, 439 N. McCullum St., will be seeing children ages 6-17 to provide dental care to children with no insurance coverage.
This year marks the seventh consecutive year that Knightstown Gentle Dentist is supporting Give Kids a Smile. The statewide effort has grown into one of the largest programs providing free dental care to children in need. Last year more than $540,000 in treatment alone was donated to over 2,200 underprivileged Hoosier children. Dr. Mary Beth Sheehan said is passionate about helping others with her dentistry. Over the years she has volunteered her time and services to the Knightstown community as her way of giving back and providing aid to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. “After seeing what we accomplish at our event, we realized Give Kids A Smile, has the power to impact lives in our community” said Sheehan.
Sheehan said signs of the economic times are telling. “With so many experiencing such hard times and some families opting to forgo necessary doctor visits due to tight budgets, it’s good to know that the 100-percent-free Give Kids A Smile program is still going strong and thousands of volunteers and dental professionals are gearing up for what could be their busiest year ever. With the economy in crisis, a family’s healthcare problems are exacerbated,” Sheehan said. “We understand that many more families will be needing this program this year and we are prepared to deliver the care.”
People interested in scheduling an appointment for their child may do so starting today by calling Knightstown Gentle Dentist 345-7780. Information on specific services that will be provided will be outlined when an appointment is scheduled. Patients seeking appointments should be under the age of 17 and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
“Imagine not being able to eat, sleep and pay attention in school because you have a mouthful of toothaches,” Dr. Anne Neitzke, Knightstown’s other Gentle Dentist, said. “Some children have reached the point where the only alternative is a mouth full of crowns or pulling the teeth that can’t be saved. It’s tragic. Our state needs to do more to help children get the dental care they need.”
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