Something to Smile About
November 2022 | When thinking about a child's overall health, the mouth sometimes is overlooked. But unhealthy teeth and gums can make it difficult for a child to learn, play and eat.
Cook Children's Save a Smile program helps give children preventive and restorative dental care to make sure they can have healthier futures.
In late 2021, the school-based, grassroots program celebrated two milestones: the 100,000-oral-screenings mark, as well as tallied more than $10 million in value dentistry completed by private practice dentists who volunteered their services.
"We're beyond proud of the work Save a Smile has done in addressing the oral health of our children, especially during challenging times," said Chris Pedigo, senior vice president for Cook Children's System Planning, Health Analytics and The Center for Children's Health. "It's fulfilling our Promise to the families we serve, and it's what sets Cook Children's apart."
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