How to Get Affordable or Even Free Dental Care for Kids

How to Get Affordable or Even Free Dental Care for Kids

You can treat their teeth on a regular basis, and keep them healthy without breaking the bank.

Let’s be honest: having kids can really pull on your wallet. Those tiny, breastfeeding babies are relatively innocent when it comes to draining your bank account. But once Sammy wants a regular-sized burger from the takeout counter, you’ve got to either watch your dollars or move to the country and not only eat a lot of peaches, but saddle those young hands with some solid hunting skills via a bow and arrow.

Deer for dinner? Sounds delish. But this still leaves some problems unsolved.

If your kid is crafty enough,  they can turn that new buckskin into a nice jacket- all kidding aside, this would be really cool- but that doesn’t do much to prevent the cavities that come from all the ice cream they eat for dessert. And all the Halloween candy. And chocolates from the relatives at Easter…and those dang lollipops the lady at the grocery store checkout keeps enforcing on your family, with all the best intentions but not an ounce of dental coverage.

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Your kids teeth matter. Is it possible to find affordable dental care? The answer is, yes. At least if you live in the right location, or you can get to one.  Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) is an organization that offers free oral health education, screenings, preventive care, and/or treatment from volunteer dentists and other volunteer dental professionals to kids who may not have access to dental care in the U.S.

A majority of GKAS events take place in February throughout the country, coinciding with National Children’s Dental Health Month, but events are also held year-round.

For more information on the Give Kids A Smile program nearest to you, call 844.490.GKAS (4527).

You can also click here to find more information on free or low-cost health and dental coverage available through Medicaid & the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

According to the American Dental Association, more than 5.5 million children have received free oral health care through GKAS since the program began in 2003.

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