For almost four years now, Drs. Michael and Jill Lasky have volunteered their expertise for the American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile® (GKAS) program. Give Kids A Smile® provides much-needed oral health screenings, care and education to underserved children in their local communities. Drs. Michael and Jill Lasky coordinate their participation in this program through the San Fernando Valley Dental Association which has additional information and resources for families and children in need of dental care on their website.
Last week, the Napa Street Elementary School in Northridge, California got a visit from Dr. Michael Lasky, who was able to screen about 25 pre-school age children for dental disease and to help introduce them to an oral health care exam. All children went home with “report cards” to inform their parents of the state of their dental health and if further examinations or treatments were necessary. Dr. Michael reports that he was pleased that only seven of the children showed signs of decay. The SFVDA and/or the GKAS program can help parents identify a low or no-cost dental clinic or pediatric dentist who can perform any needed procedures.
From the ADA website:
The American Dental Association began the Give Kids A Smile program in 2003 as a way for dentists to join with others in the community to provide dental services to underserved children. The program initially began as a one-day event in February, but has since grown to local and national events year-round. Dentists and other team members volunteer their time, and services, to provide screenings, treatments and education to children throughout the United States. Each year, approximately 350,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events, all because of the efforts of 40,000 or more annual volunteers.
February is National Dental Health Month and Dr. Jill, Dr. Michael and their registered dental hygienists have many visits planned to Los Angeles area pre-schools, kindergarten classes and community centers this month and beyond. It is part of LPDG’s continuing commitment to community service, outreach and dental health education. If you would like to schedule a visit from one of their pediatric dentists or one of the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group’s team, please call or email them at the information above.