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Give Kids a Smile Day: Missouri dentists help underserved kids


It’s “Give Kids a Smile Day,” when dozens of dentists provide free teeth cleaning to youngsters throughout Missouri.

Dental disease is the most common chronic childhood illness, and one in five Missouri third-graders has untreated tooth decay. Kansas City area Pediatric Dentist Dr. Aaron Bumann says if left untreated, tooth decay can result in problems with eating, speaking and learning.

“Think about if your teeth hurt and you’re seven, and you’re at school,” says Bumann. “You don’t want to talk to anybody, you don’t want to participate in class. It’s hard to focus, you’re not really able to do what you need to do on a daily basis.”

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