Dozens of kids get free dental care through Smile Kentucky!

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 7:03 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Dozens of kids got to take a break from school on Thursday to receive some free dental care.

It's all part of Smile Kentucky! a community partnership that provides dental education, screenings and treatments to kids in Kentuckiana.

Thursday was the first of seven treatment days and 60 kids from Trimble County schools and the Shawnee Newcomer Academy went to the UofL  School of Dentistry to receive the treatment.

Over the next month around 300 kids will receive free treatments.

"This is a very unique partnership. There's about 50 local partnerships who make it possible. So there's UofL, the water company, local dentists, even TARC transporting the kids back and forth. It's not just treatment. We put a huge emphasis on education and screening," Kelley Dearing-Smith, with the Louisville Water Company, said.

Thirty-five hundred students at 24 local schools were screened in the fall.

The American Dental Association calls Smile Kentucky! a model for community partnerships.

 

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