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Smiley Face: Dental services give Forsyth County students back their smile

by ALDO NAHED

February 04, 2013

Dr. Lisa Shilman polishes a 13-year-old Forsyth County student’s teeth on Feb. 1. ALDO NAHED.
Dr. Tisha Ross at Dentistry for Children in downtown Cumming cares for one of 12 students who visited the practice on Feb. 1.ALDO NAHED.
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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — About 65 Forsyth County school students got a reason to smile on Feb. 1.

Six dentists' offices throughout Forsyth County participated once again in the National Give a Kid a Smile Day.

The event is put together by the United Way of Forsyth County and the county school district in coordination with the Georgia Dental Association.

Last year, there were about 91 students who visited a local dentist at no cost, said Connie Trent, a Forsyth County Schools nurse. This year, the number is lower because school nurses have found that more students now have insurance, PeachCare and Medicaid.

"The school nurses have also identified fewer dental problems," Trent said. "Hopefully this is attributed to our success in offering this program yearly."

Trent said children from kindergarten through 12th grade, who met financial needs and showed a dental problem, were given the opportunity to see a dentist at no cost.

Services included getting rid of a toothache, teeth cleaning and other preventative services.

Participating practices included: Advanced Dental Associates, Forsyth Dental Partners, Cumming Dental Care, Dentistry for Children, O'Rourke Family Dentistry and Dr. Leslie Hehir.