Tavern league takes on tooth decayThe Douglas County Tavern League Foundation took aim at tooth decay last week.
The Douglas County Tavern League Foundation took aim at tooth decay last week.
The nonprofit organization donated $1,500 to Just Kids Dental, which provides preventive dental services and dental education to children in 30 area schools in Douglas County as well as Lake, St. Louis and Carlton counties in Minnesota.
The money will earn another $1,500 in matching funds from the Tavern League of Wisconsin, effectively doubling the cavity-fighting effort.
In Douglas County, Just Kids Dental will provide classroom education and direct services to 6,000 children over the 2012-2013 school year, according to program manager Laura Jackson.
For every dollar spent on preventative care the taxpayer is spared $38 in emergency and restorative dental care for children, according to the nonprofit Just Kids Dental. Donations help purchase clinic supplies needed for delivery of school-based services where underserved children receive dental cleanings, fluoride varnish applications, sealants, oral and nutritional education, toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss.
The dental program serves students who are uninsured, underinsured or on Medicaid at no cost to their parents or the school district. It also connects students with a local dentist for exams.
The donation is just part of the Douglas County Tavern League’s fight against tooth decay. The league sponsors the annual Sips & Slices event to support the efforts of Just Kids Dental. Last year the event raised more than $12,000 for the dental program, according to league treasurer Dan Patterson. This year’s Sips & Slices is slated for Oct. 10.
For more information on Just Kids Dental or to donate online, go to wwwjustkidsentalinc.org.