Give Kids a Smile Day: Providing free dental care to kids

February is Children’s Dental Health Month and that means free oral care treatment for kids is coming soon. It’s all part of the 12th Annual Give Kids a Smile Day which is February 7th.

The American Dental Association started the Give Kids a Smile program back in 2003 as a way for dentists to join with others in the community to provide dental services to underserved children.

During this time, dentists and other team members volunteer their time and services to provide screenings, treatments and education to children throughout the United States.

According to the ADA, approximately 450,000 children benefit from more than 1500 events, all because of the efforts of 40,000 or more volunteers each year.

19 Michiana dentists are participating in Give Kids a Smile Day this year. Friday, they will provide free dental exams, cleanings, x-rays, fluoride and limited restorative treatment for qualified children.

Just last year the program locally treated more than 160 children and provided more than $60,000 in free treatment.

Now, there are some requirements. Children must be 16 years old or younger, have no dental insurance or have been unable to find a Medicaid provider.

If you meet these requirements and are interested in getting your kid’s treatment, you are encouraged to call your local dentist office to schedule an appointment.

Here is the full list of participating offices:

South Bend
Dr. Bonni Boone: Erskine Family Dentistry
734 E. Ireland Rd 574-299-9300
Dr. Susan Cocquyt: Erskine Family Dentistry
734 E. Ireland Rd 574-299-9300
Dr. Lori Ridder: Erskine Family Dentistry
734 E. Ireland Rd 574-299-9300
Dr. Dan White:
211 N. Peter Street 574-288-9400
Dr. Julie Plagens:
604 S. Eddy Street 574-234-1081
Dr. Terry Mahoney and Dr. Daniel Klauer:
17901 Turner Dr. 574-272-0466
Dr. Mark Green:
2201 Lincolnway W. 574-232-4990

Dr. Deb Fleming and Dr. Phillip Hulecki:
2006 N. Main 574-259-8571


Dr. Bruce Watkins: Watkins Family Dentistry
205 E. Jackson Blvd 574-293-9832
Dr. Christiann Willing:
110 N. Nappanee St. 574-293-5216


Dr. William Stofer and Dr. Jason Hemphill
Suite A 3505 N. State Rd. 15. 574-269-1199 (by referral only)

Specialists By Referral Only

Dr. Jay Asdell – Oral Surgery
Dr. Michael Feltman – Endodontics
Dr. Scott Riser – Endodontics
Dr. David Fishbaugh – Pediatrics
Dr. Carter McCrea - Pediatrics

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