Something to Smile About: Free Dental Services for Kids in February

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Taking your kids to the dentist might elicit a groan or grumble.

But if that dread is coming from you — over the cost of dental care — and not your children, you might want to check if a local dental provider is participating in this year’s Give Kids A Smile program.

Thousands of participating dental providers across the country will be offering free services for a day as part of Give Kids A Smile.

This year’s program kicks off February 2, but not all participating providers will offer free services on that day. Many providers will host their events sometime in February, during National Children’s Dental Health Month.

You’ll want to check with your local participating provider to find out when their event will be held, what services will be provided and who is eligible to receive the free services.

For example, the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (near where The Penny Hoarder is headquartered) is a participating provider near me. Dental professionals will provide free exams, X-rays, cleanings and sealants on February 19 starting at 8 a.m. to uninsured children and teens from age 4 to 18 — as well as those on Medicaid.

Check the Give Kids A Smile program’s 2018 list to see which provider or organization is participating near you. More than 6,600 dentists have pledged to take part in more than 1,300 free dental events this year, serving approximately 290,000 children.

You can also get information about participating providers by calling 1-844-490-GKAS (4527) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST.

In addition, the Give Kids A Smile Facebook page has information about related events.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She enjoys writing about parenting and money.