Miles of Smiles receives check from Argosy Casino for Hearts and Hand golf tournament

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information contact: Christy May christy@milesofsmilesinc.org or phone: (816) 413-9009

Miles of Smiles Accepts Argosy Casino Donation Argosy Casino presents check to the charitable dental care organization

KANSAS CITY, MO – Miles of Smiles is proud to announce the organization was presented with a $40,000 check from Argosy Casino on November 14, 2012. The check represents the proceeds from the Argosy Hearts and Hands Charitable Golf Tournament, which was held August 20, 2012 at The National Golf Club of Kansas City. For the past five years, Miles of Smiles has been the beneficiary of the golf tournament.

The mission of the Miles of Smiles, Inc. is to provide charitable, comprehensive, portable dental care, in a community-based setting to the needy children of Clay and Platte Counties. The Argosy check will help provide dental care at no cost to over 300, low-income, Northland children in 2013. Miles of Smiles sees almost 1,500 school-age children every school year – children who would not see a dentist if Miles of Smiles did not exist.

The proceeds help children like Tiamarson. Tiamarson is an 8 year old boy of Pacific Island descent who is new to the United States. When Miles of Smiles first saw Tiamarson last year, he had 14 cavities. The organization scheduled follow up appointments to remove seven teeth and fill the other seven. The Miles of Smiles dental team educated him on brushing, flossing, and why dental care is so important. He was incredibly brave and came in every day with a smile on his face, even while knowing what he had to endure. After Tiamarson’s treatments, he continued to come to the portable dental office in his school to explain procedures to his peers with whom he shared a common language. This year, Tiamarson has no cavities, no infected gums, and a very happy smile. He has taken the Miles of Smiles education to heart and has improved his oral health as a result.

There are thousands of children in the Northland who need Miles of Smiles. Nine out of every ten children Miles of Smiles sees have cavities at their first appointment. They have not been able to see a dentist before Miles of Smiles because their parents do not have dental insurance or they cannot take time off from work for a dentist appointment. These same children are not receiving adequate oral hygiene instruction in the home – some do not even have a toothbrush.

Miles of Smiles is the only agency north of the river providing free, portable dental care to children in need. The organization simply cannot do it without support from people and organizations like Argosy Casino.

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Miles of Smiles provide FREE dental care to children in the Northland who do not have access to dental care. The dental care is provided by a licensed dentist and assistants, in a school setting or social service agency, church or community location for ease of access. Miles of Smiles treats children from the ages of 3 to 18, and 75% of the treatment provided is fillings and extractions. All of our patients receive a comprehensive exam, cleaning and x-rays. For more information, visit milesofsmilesinc.org or call (816) 413-9009.

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