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Nearly 300 Catawba County children will receive free dental care as part of the “Give Kids A Smile” program. More than 20 dentists across the county will provide nearly $100,000 in care through this initiative.

“We see lots and lots and lots of children that have large areas of decay that can lead to pain, infection, abscesses, sometimes even death,” said Patrick Maddy, DMD, Catawba County Public Health. “Dental care is the number one disease in the entire world in children, as well as in America.”

The Americana Dental Association started the program more than a decade ago.

“It’s a way of helping underserved populations of children get an exam and sometimes some treatment, and get them used to going to the dentist,” said Maddy.

Dr. Maddy says nearly 50 percent of the children he sees are coming to the dentist for the first time, making this program and early care a priority.

“We want to catch the disease early,” said Maddy. We want to educate them on how not to get the disease.”

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