FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Little Lights Dentistry provides free dental care for children on the Treasure Coast who live in poverty and have no access to care.
Light of the World Charities believes that no child should go to bed at night with a toothache and that every child's parents and guardians should be part of the fight against oral health illiteracy. As poverty and related stressors increase, health worsens and dental health is no longer a priority for many families. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, dental decay is the number one cause of preventable disease in children. Dental decay at any age causes pain, but for a child it may also impact their ability to learn and can lead to absence from school. Untreated tooth decay often leads to infection and diminishes the aesthetics of a child’s smile, having an adverse effect on their self-esteem and feelings of self-worth.
With $20,000 in funding from the William and Helen Thomas Charitable Trust, Little Lights Dentistry will establish a dental home and provide free comprehensive dental care to uninsured children; emphasize the practice of healthy dental care behaviors with children and their parents/caregivers; and introduce and reinforce nutrition habits to the parent/caregiver that will improve children’s oral health.
Light of the World Charities, is a non-profit organization located in the heart of downtown Stuart. Little Lights Dentistry creates access to needed oral health care reducing health disparity and improving health equity for uninsured children in the community.