Jul 26, 2017
Donation Will Expand Dental Service Offerings to Local Residents in Need
Kool Smiles, a leading provider of quality dental care for children and families in Indianapolis, recently donated $8,000 to the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) to expand service offerings at its Dental Student Outreach Clinic. The donation will help the clinic provide free root canals to Near Eastside adults in need.
The IUSD Dental Student Outreach Clinic opened in 2009 and is run by volunteer dentists, faculty and students from the dental school. The clinic helps an average of 20-25 patients every other Saturday and remains open for 11 months of the calendar year.
Many of the clinic's patients who required root canals were previously unable to receive them due to cost barriers, faculty said.
"In the past, a lack of consistent funding made it difficult for patients to receive root canals, no matter how badly they needed them," said Dr. Karen Yoder, a clinic faculty advisor. "We are pleased to finally be able to give members of the Near Eastside community convenient and sponsored access to this service."
"Kool Smiles is proud to support the Student Dental Outreach Clinic and the next generation of dental professionals who are donating their time and talents to make a positive impact in the local community," said Dr. Kayla Dawson, Area Dental Director for Kool Smiles and IUSD alum. "We are pleased to play a small role in helping more of our neighbors receive the dental care they need."
About Kool Smiles
Kool Smiles is dedicated to creating a world of happy, healthy smiles. As a leading dental care provider, Kool Smiles' mission is to improve lives by providing high quality dental care in a fun, compassionate environment. Kool Smiles dentists are proud to offer care to kids and adults with almost any insurance plan, including State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP), Medicaid and Tricare. Kool Smiles, with support from the Benevis Foundation, also provides oral health education programs through partnerships with community schools and organizations. For more information, please visit www.mykoolsmiles.com.
About Indiana University School of Dentistry
The only dental school in the Hoosier state, Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) offers an extraordinary learning environment in which teaching, research, and community service come together in the best way possible for the preparation of tomorrow's dental professionals. Founded in 1879 as the Indiana Dental College, the school is located at the center of Indiana, in the heart of the state capital of Indianapolis. It is situated at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), one of eight campuses in the IU system. IUPUI shares its location with the world-renowned IU medical school and its partner, the IU Health academic health center. Many of the dental school's faculty members have established strong collaborative ties with physicians and other scientists in the medical center facilities. Over 80% of the Dentists in Indiana are alumni of the Indiana University School of Dentistry.
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