NBC affiliate WLBZ in Bangor, Maine reported on what a new dentist is doing to ensure kids who lack dental insurance receive the dental care they need.
Dr. Timothy Oh provided free exams and teeth cleanings to about 40 children Sept. 27 in Ellsworth, Maine as part of his “Back to School Smiles” program, which he started five years ago, according to the report.
Dr. Oh has hosted the program for 5 years, treating nearly 300 kids. His goal is to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health and early prevention for kids. The program is open to 0-18 years old who do not have dental coverage and are not receiving regular dental care.
“We want to encourage kids to start off the school year with clean, healthy teeth,” Dr. Oh told WLBZ. “If they have problems we can fix them, we can get plans to get things taken care of, so those problems don’t turn worse during the school year. Because we feel that a healthy kid, a happy kid is going to be better at learning, they’re going to do better in school.”
To view the report, click here.