Kool Smiles of Abilene is giving children a reason to smile

Sharing smiles one procedure at a time, Kool Smiles of Abilene hosted their first-ever Sharing Smiles Day on Sunday with the goal of bridging the dental care access gap for children who can otherwise not afford to pay for dental care.

“Children that do not have any kind of insurance or Medicaid and maybe they don't have the finances to take care of dental needs,” said Shannon Riggs, Kool Smiles of Abilene’s Office Manger.

Across the country, Kool Smiles has provided free dental care to over 1,400 children and according to Riggs, the dental procedures that are performed at free dental care events can be extremely serious procedures.

“It's mostly emergency, it could be infections in teeth that maybe need fillings or extractions," Riggs said.

KTXS News spoke with Roger Rutiririza, whose family moved to Abilene around 6 months ago, who tells KTXS News that his sister, Joyce, had been experiencing some pain in her teeth and Roger figured that the free dental care event at Kool Smiles was the perfect way for Joyce to get her teeth checked out by certified dental professionals.

“Yeah, this is important because we don't have insurance, so the dental is expensive, so it's important for us,” said Roger.

Riggs said that serving children in dire need of dental care is what Kool Smiles is all about.

“Kool Smiles' mission was to serve the underprivileged children, so we are going on a mission for children to give them happy, healthy smiles,” Riggs said.

Kool Smiles of Abilene was expecting to provide dental treatment to 20 children at the Sharing Smiles Day event on Sunday.

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