, a leading dental health provider for children and adults, has opened a new office in Elkhart. Kool Smiles of Elkhart,
which began seeing patients on July 11, puts quality dental care within reach of even more previously underserved area residents.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that tooth decay currently affects more than 19 percent of U.S. children aged 2-19—more than any other chronic infectious disease. Untreated pain and infections may lead to developmental problems, such as eating, speaking, playing and learning. It's a problem Indiana statesmen aren't taking lightly.
"Kool Smiles will play an integral role in providing high quality dental care to those who have struggled to gain access to these services," observes Senator Carlin Yoder of Elkhart," Representative Tim Neese is equally enthusiastic. "I welcome Kool Smiles to the Elkhart area and look forward to them helping to improve the health of area residents by provided much needed access to dental services in our community," Neese says.
The office opening is part of Kool Smiles' 2011 access initiative to meet the needs of the underserved dental community across America. "Our expansion into Elkhart provides yet another opportunity for our dentists to reverse the alarming rate of untreated dental cases among families in need," said Dr. Polly Buckey, DDS, MS, a board certified Pediatric Dentist and national spokesperson for Kool Smiles.
Kool Smiles of Elkhart accepts most types of insurance including Indiana Medicaid, Michigan Medicaid and Hoosier Healthwise. They offer quality dental care in a family-friendly environment. The location is the latest in the company's 2011 grand openings across the U.S., including East Chicago, IN, Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville, SC, Takoma Park, MD, San Angelo, TX, Midwest City, OK, and New Orleans and Gretna, LA.
"We are excited to partner with area schools, daycare centers and local social service agencies to share the importance of oral health and education with underserved families," Buckey concludes. "The Kool Smiles mission is to put affordable, quality dental care within reach of more families everywhere."