Dentists at Kool Smiles have provided $6.8 million worth of uncompensated dental care since 2006 for those who did not have access to Medicaid or other dental insurance.
In all, their uncompensated dental care program has helped more than 161,000 people in South Carolina, officials said.
"Our mission is to provide a dental home to every family who needs one by accepting insurance plans – including Medicaid and TRICARE – that many dentists do not. We also know there are times when insurance does not cover needed treatments, and families can't afford to pay out of pocket for those services," Dr. Brad Bryan, managing dental director for Kool Smiles in South Carolina, said. ''We believe it's our moral and professional duty to provide uncompensated care in those situations so that all patients receive the dental care they need, regardless of their insurance coverage."
Twelve percent of third-graders in South Carolina had untreated dental caries in 2013, according to the State Oral Health Survey.