- As we move into February, dentists across the country are celebrating National Children's Dental Health Month.
The Give Kids A Smile program is a nationwide effort to help children of low income families with free oral health care.
Hussong Family Dentistry in Tomahawk has taken part in this program for a decade.
Dr. Dean Hussong says he and his team enjoy giving back to the community and the kids,
"We provide anything that we can. There's a lot of prevention, a lot of cleanings, checkups, fluoride treatments, sealants. But also restorative care. If they need any extractions, if they need any space maintainers, any filings."
All this dental care is donated by individual offices of the Wisconsin Dental Association.
But Hussong says this one day of free care will not prevent cavities or other tooth problems from occuring, those must be taken care of by the kids, "The number one thing is taking care of them daily. Without the daily brushing, without the daily flossing, without the attention to what you're eating, it doesn't make any difference what we do, it's not going to last. If you want your teeth to last, you have to take care of them."
25% of American children are affected by tooth decay, which is considered the most common chronic disease affecting them.
One of the most important parts of this program is education and awareness.
Because if kids start cleaning their teeth at a young age it can lead to a long and healthy life for those pearly whites.
Story By: Michael Crusan