Thursday, December 7, 2023

Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center Brings Back ‘Give Kids A Smile!’ Free Dental Day

WILLIAMSBURG — Olde Towne Medical & Dental is hosting a free dental care day for kids — “Give Kids A Smile!” — on April 22.

The event is a day of free dental cleanings and evaluations for children up to 18 years old.

According to Olde Towne Medical & Dental, the program was originally launched to provide much-needed dental care for children in the greater Williamsburg area who often did not receive care due to financial challenges and a lack of dental insurance.

Drs. William Bennett and Tom Luckam, both former Dental Directors for Olde Towne, along with Dr. Robert Morrison, started the program. Area dental providers volunteered their services for the day.

The service day became an annual event until Bennett retired and the program was interrupted before COVID-19.

Through the collaboration of Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center’s current Dental Director, Dr. Lorenzo Modeste, Olde Towne Board member Dr. Rana Graham-Montaque of Pediatric Dental Specialists of Williamsburg, Bennett and Morrison, the re-vamped program will relaunch with the Saturday, April 22 event at Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center, 5249 Olde Towne Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Multiple area dentists are volunteering their time along with dental hygienists and dental assistants. Children from toddlers up to 18 years old that are Medicaid-eligible, are from low-income families and who do not have insurance can be seen for cleanings and evaluations at no charge. Olde Towne Medical & Dental encourages making an appointment to allow for limited wait times.

Olde Towne noted it is one of the few providers in the area caring for uninsured and underinsured adults and children, a vulnerable population in the greater Williamsburg area. It offers Integrated Health Care (primary care along with behavioral health), as well as dental, vision and maternity care and chronic condition management and education.

It also provides a medication access program that helps patients afford prescriptions necessary for their health care and connects patients to other resources to help narrow the gap of health disparities for certain populations in the Williamsburg community, it said.

To make an appointment for your child or to volunteer, call Olde Towne at 757-259-3258.

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