OWINGS MILLS, MD.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Avēsis Incorporated, a company that has been providing vision, dental, and hearing benefits for nearly 9,000 client groups since 1978, is proud to contribute toward the dental health and oral health education of approximately 3,000 Kentucky school children in Jefferson County.
In honor of National Children’s Dental Health on Give Kids a Smile Day, a program of the American Dental Association, six Louisville, Kentucky elementary schools participated in a dental “screening blitz” on February 3.
Avēsis donated approximately one-third of the entire dental screening budget for this year’s screening blitz program for the Jefferson County Public Schools. Joining with about 200 UofL faculty, staff, and students, Avēsis also provided four Avēsis Dental Provider Relations Representatives, three of them Kentucky-licensed dental hygienists, who participated at the schools.
“We are honored to participate in such an important oral health cause, especially in Kentucky,” said Dr. Jerry Caudill, Kentucky State Dental Director of Avēsis. “We are always looking to encourage opportunities like these throughout the state and are happy to be able to contribute both personally and financially to the oral health of Kentucky’s children.”
“We are committed to helping improve the health of Kentucky’s children. Community engagement is at the heart of this dental school, and that’s why we close our clinics for the day to travel into the community to offer free screenings and teach kids about dental health,” said T. Gerard Bradley, B.D.S., M.S., Dr.Med.Dent., dean of the UofL School of Dentistry.
According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cavities are the most common chronic disease of children and adolescents aged 6 to 19, yet they are largely preventable. Nearly one-quarter of all children under the age of five have cavities. This program meets the needs of a largely underserved population.
On Friday, February 3, at Camp Taylor Elementary School, Dr. Caudill, who represents Avēsis on the Give Kids a Smile Day screening blitz steering committee, presented the check on behalf of Avēsis to the University of Louisville School of Dentistry students; Dr. Theresa G. Mayfield, Assoc. Dean for Clinical Affairs; and Dr. Hector R. Martinez, Vice-Chair of the Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and Special Care Department.
For nearly 40 years, Avēsis has been a national administrator of vision, dental, and hearing care plans. Avēsis is a wholly owned, standalone subsidiary of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® (Guardian), one of the nation’s largest mutual life insurers and a leading provider of employee benefits.