Hundreds of thousands of low-income children, including thousands from the Carolinas, will get free dental exams and treatment Friday as part of the 11th annual Give Kids A Smile Day.
The American Dental Association sponsors this nationwide event, in which dentists and their staff members provide clinics and treatment for children in need. The ADA estimates about 10,000 dentists and 31,000 other volunteers will work with about 400,000 children.
The event annually takes place on the first Friday of February.
Among the participants is the Junior League of Charlotte. Woozie Dell of the Junior League said all spots in the group’s clinic were filled in advance. About 100 children are being treated by volunteers from 18 Charlotte-area dental offices Friday.
Charlotte-area participants in Friday’s program (according to the ADA) are:
Boone -- North Carolina Public Health
Charlotte -- Junior League of Charlotte
Denver -- Lincoln Dental Society
Hickory -- Catawba County Dentists
Kannapolis -- Cabarrus County Give Kids a Smile
Matthews -- Forrest Dentistry.
Morganton -- Teeth in Need Good Samaritan Clinic.
North Wilkesboro -- Wilkes Public Health Dental Clinic
Salisbury -- Rowan County GKAS