After getting her teeth cleaned during a "Give Kids a Smile" event at the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University in 2015, Talicia Hadden, 6, picks up a dental instrument and tries to clean dental student Jason Allred’s teeth. (Michael Holahan / Associated Press)
As part of the “Give Kids a Smile” program, Dr. Edward J. Piorkowski Jr., an Easton dentist, and his staff will volunteer their time and services to see 25 underserved children in the area on Feb. 2.
The American Dental Association launched the nationwide program in 2003 and annually kicks it off on the first Friday in February, according to the ADA website. More than 5.5 million children have been seen through the program, the website notes.
About 6,400 dentists and 22,000 other volunteers across the country have signed up for this year’s program. Piorkowski’s office is asking parents whose children qualify and are in need of dental services such as cleanings, X-rays, examinations and fluoride, to call his office at 610-258-8110. Children must be pre-registered to get an appointment.
Several local dental practices usually participate, including Lehigh Valley Health Network’s dental department. LVHN dentists will examine children through “Give Kids a Smile” on Feb. 2 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street in Allentown, and on Feb. 22 at LVH-Muhlenberg in Bethlehem, according to an LVHN spokesman.