Dental Centers Aim to Give Kids A Smile


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Ellsworth and Southwest Harbor — On Friday, February 6, 2015 The Maine Coast Community Dental Center in Ellsworth and the Community Dental Center in Southwest Harbor will take part in The American Dental Association’s (ADA) 13th national Give Kids A Smile® program. Both dental centers will join dental professionals from across the nation to provide free oral health services to children and adolescents from underserved families. This program is made possible with the support of Henry Schein.

Free services on this day for children from first tooth to 18 years of age will include oral hygiene instruction, cleaning, and fluoride varnish from registered dental hygienists, with the possibility of further examination and treatment from Layne Whiteley, DDS.

For more information, at Community Dental Center in Southwest Harbor or Maine Coast Community Dental Center in Ellsworth, please call 667-0293.

Give Kids A Smile is the world's largest oral health charitable program and an ADA access-to-care endeavor designed to encourage parents, health professionals and policymakers to address the year-round need for oral health care for all children. Each year, thousands of the nation's dentists, dental team members and many volunteers from the community provide free oral health care services to children from low-income families across the country.

The ADA's Health Policy Resources Center estimates that about 8.7 million children are expected to gain some form of dental benefit from the Affordable Care Act, which will reduce by approximately 55 percent the number of children without dental benefits.

For more information about Give Kids A Smile, visit the GKAS website, and for the latest news, visit the GKAS Facebook page,

2014 Give Kids A Smile by the numbers

  • Dental and other community volunteers: 37,500
  • Each year, approximately 450,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events.
  • Number of Give Kids A Smile sites in 2014: approximately 1,525.
  • Since 2003, GKAS has provided dental services for nearly five million children.

About the Community Dental Center

The Community Dental Center, located at 4 Community Lane Southwest Harbor, ME, offers high quality, affordable oral care for all ages, preventative care, urgent care and a sliding fee scale. The center accepts most major insurance including MaineCare. For more information or to inquire about becoming a patient of the new Community Dental Center, call 244-2888.

About Maine Coast Community Dental Center

The Maine Coast Community Dental Center, located at 52 Christian Ridge Road in Ellsworth, ME, was established to provide improved access to dental services for underserved individuals, including those on MaineCare. However, the center is open to all patients and accepts most commercial dental insurance and has a sliding scale for those without insurance who qualify. The dental staff also provide portable dental services to children in area schools. For more information, or to inquire about becoming a patient at the Maine Coast Community Dental Center, call 667-0293.

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website RSS