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Kids Get Free Dental Work February 1st

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) A local dentist who started his practice in the middle of the Great Recession says he didn't see a major dip in his business back then. But sometimes parents can't afford the price tag of dental work for their kids.

Friday February first is the annual "Give Kids a Smile Day." Idaho dentists treated more than 1300 uninsured kids a year ago.

Dr. Christopher Tiu, owner of Twin Falls Dental, says "The American Dental Association dedicated one day in February each year to provide free care for children who don't have access to dental care."

Tiu is just one of many local dentists participating in Give Kids a Smile Day. He and his staff will provide screenings, exams, cleaning, and sealants. For much bigger kids, Tiu's office is the only place in Magic Valley that offers Sirona's Cerec guide for dental implants.

Tiu says, "We can design the tooth before we design the location of the implant, and we can get that accomplished within a single day."

Tiu has his patients step into a computer tomography scanner, which takes a 3D picture of their mouth. Then he's able to create precise surgical guide to make sure he drills to exactly the right depth at exactly the right angle, and no further. Tiu says determining where the crown will go before installing the implant will result in a precise fit.

Tiu says, "People travel far, often from Nevada or Sun Valley area, that can get the service done the same day, and they can drive back home."

You'll want to call ahead to see which dentists are participating in Give Kids a Smile Day. Many appointments are being scheduled by calling the 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine. You can register a child who's eligible and schedule an appointment for them.

Jan. 28, 2013.


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