March 21, 2014

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton helps give kids a smile

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton helped promote the recent Give Kids a Smile Day at five Canton City elementary schools, with foundation Care Coordinator Danielle Bunner dressing as the tooth fairy to spread the word about good oral health. She asked students to pledge to brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day, and handed out “two-minute pledge” kits containing oral health supplies, books and a permission slip to allow each child to be screened during Give Kids a Smile Day. Children returning permission slips became eligible for prizes.

The promotional materials were made possible through a grant from Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, with matching funds from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton.

During Give Kids a Smile Day, dentists from the Stark County Dental Society and students from the Stark State Dental Hygiene School provided free oral health screenings and education to 671 children. Dentists determined 153 children would need follow-up attention, which Bunner is coordinating with families to ensure children have access to dental care.
 
The American Dental Association established Give Kids a Smile Day. Each year, dentists throughout the country volunteer to provide oral health screenings and education to approximately 450,000 underserved children. More than 16 million American children have untreated tooth decay, and many are from underserved communities.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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