February is National Children's Dental Month. The American Dental Association recommends that children have a dental exam by their first birthday; but more than half of Iowa's dentists do not see children younger than three.
In fact, most medicaid-enrolled Iowa children receive *no dental care.
Today the Iowa Department of Public Health's "I-smile Program" is helping families get dental care. This program helps meet a legislative mandate that Iowa children 12 and younger have dental screenings.
More than 41-thousand children received dental care through "I-smile" last year.
Dozens of activities are planned across the state. Volunteer dentists, dental hygienists, assistants and students will provide free oral screenings, fluoride varnish applications, along with fun activities and prizes.
In Linn County, 700 children are expected to take part in today's "give kids a smile event".
The event runs until eight tonight at the Playstation on 200 Collins Road -- next to K-Mart east.