By Michele Dotson
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At last year’s Give Kids a Smile event, Forrest and Forrest served 50 children who did not have dental insurance or Medicaid. The Forrests help make children comfortable, provide cleaning and fluoride treatments and educate them on maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

On February 28, the husband and wife dentist team at Forrest and Forrest Cosmetic and Family Dentistry are offering free dental cleanings for children who don’t have dental insurance and are not on Medicaid.

The Forrests look forward to the annual event, called Give Kids a Smile.

“We are constantly looking for ways to give back to our community in Matthews, Mint Hill, Stallings and Indian Trail,” says Dr. Stacy Oller Forrest.  “We are thrilled to give back in a small way to the community.”

Last year, the Forrests served 50 children from Stallings, Fairview and Hemby Bridge Elementary schools, children who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to visit a dentist.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM), and Give Kids a Smile is one of the central events celebrated during the entire month.

NCDHM focuses on providing oral health education to all children despite their economic status.

The Give Kids a Smile program started in 2003 as a way for dentists to join with others in the community to provide dental services to underserved children.

As of Monday, February 17, there have been over 1,500 events around the United States, serving almost 350,000 children.

For information on scheduling an appointment for your child at Forrest and Forrest, call 704.882.1113.

The free clinic will be held on February 28 from 8 am to 1 pm at their office located at 14798 Lawyers Road.