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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published August 15, 2011

CARDIN JOINS KOOL SMILES TO PROMOTE EXPANSION OF ORAL HEALTH



Senator wants to make sure there are no more Deamonte Drivers

On Wednesday, August 17, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will visit Kool Smiles’ clinic in District Heights to thank Kool Smiles and members of the Maryland Dental Action Coalition and the Deamonte Driver Dental Project for their work in ensuring that Maryland children have access to dental care. The Senator will meet with Maryland parents and children who are receiving dental care, and he also will urge parents to make sure their children receive dental check-ups as the new school year begins.

In 2007, Prince George’s County youngster Deamonte Driver, age 12, died because of an abscessed tooth. The 2009 reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) included several of Senator Cardin’s proposals, including a guaranteed dental benefit, a dental education program for parents of newborns and a Department of Health and Human Services website and toll-free number with information about dental coverage and a list of providers.

· WHAT: Senator Cardin to visit Kool Smiles for tour and back-to-school message
about dental care for children.

· WHEN: Wednesday, August 17 at noon.

· WHERE: Kool Smiles
6471 Marlboro Pike, District Heights, MD