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VA Area Dentists Provide "Free Care Day" to Local Uninsured Children

Kool Smiles “Sharing Smiles” Sunday Event Gives Children a Reason to Smile

Washington, DC – In recognition of Children’s Dental Health Month this February, uninsured Washington, DC area children, without access to a dentist, will be able to receive needed dental care at no cost during the Kool Smiles “Sharing Smiles” free care day on Sunday, February 22.

“While Kool Smiles is proud to provide quality, affordable dental care to families with various forms of insurance, including Medicaid, we also recognize that there are many children in our community who have no insurance and whose families cannot afford regular trips to the dentist,” said Dr. Ashley Nichols, Managing Dental Director at Kool Smiles.

If left untreated, dental decay can lead to pain, difficulty eating and chewing, and more serious infections - some of which can be life threatening.

“Children who do not have regular access to a dentist often exhibit advanced dental decay and their treatment needs are significant,” continued Dr. Nichols.  “We want to put a smile back on the faces of these children by getting them the dental care they need but cannot afford.”

Dental care will be provided to area children up to 18 years of age, from 8 a.m. 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 22 in at the Kool Smiles Offices in Fredericksburg (3533 Plank Road) and Winchester (2065 S. Pleasant Valley Road). Available treatments will include dental exams, limited emergency care, extractions, fillings, and baby tooth root canals and crowns. Treatments will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and treatment offerings will be determined by the dentist.

In an effort to serve Washington, DC area children who are in the greatest need, eligibility will be limited to children who have no form of dental insurance. The Kool Smiles website provides more information on the Sharing Smiles free care day, including where children in need of dental care can find a nearby participating office.  Those interested can visit the Sharing Smiles website at

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About Kool Smiles

Kool Smiles is dedicated to creating a world of happy, healthy smiles. As a leading dental health provider, Kool Smiles' mission is to improve lives by providing high quality dental care in a fun, compassionate environment. Kool Smiles dentists are proud to offer care to kids and adults with almost any insurance plan, including State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP), Medicaid and Tricare. Kool Smiles also provides oral health education programs through partnerships with community schools and organizations. For more information, please visit


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If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

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