Abingdon, VA., May 18, 2018
Virginia State Delegate Todd Pillion has teamed up with Kool Smiles to deliver more than 5,000 free toothbrushes to children at elementary schools in his district for the second consecutive year.
Delegate Pillion coordinated with school staff and Kool Smiles representatives to plan today’s event for students to talk about the importance of preventive dental care – such as daily brushing, flossing and eating nutritious foods – to keep teeth healthy and free of cavities. Students also received toothbrushes donated by Kool Smiles. Toothbrushes will be delivered to schools over the coming weeks before students are dismissed for summer vacation.
"There’s nothing more important than the success of our students,” said Pillion. “We know that good health- including good dental health- plays a role in their success, so I’m grateful to Kool Smiles for helping encourage good dental hygiene and providing access to quality, affordable dental care and education throughout the state."
Pillion has long advocated for better dental healthcare access for underserved communities during his tenure in the Virginia House of Delegates. As a member of the Appropriations Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, Pillion advocates for measures to improve education. Good oral health care is essential to the health and well-being of students and leads to improved student success.
"Health is not just the absence of illness but about the wellness of the entire person. Dental health is an important part of the total wellness that we want for all our children," said Megan de Nobriga, Principal at Abingdon Elementary School. "I want to thank Delegate Pillion and Kool Smiles for helping our students start the healthy dental habits that will keep them healthy for a lifetime."
Kool Smiles is a leading children's dental health provider in Virginia, with 15 offices throughout the state. Kool Smiles dentists provide care to children and adults with almost any insurance plan, including State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP), Medicaid and Tricare. Kool Smiles dentists regularly participate in local oral health education programs through partnerships with community leaders and organizations.
"Kool Smiles is thrilled to partner with Delegate Pillion and looks forward to continuing to work with him to improve sealant coverage through Medicaid in Virginia," said Dr. Medrina Gilliam, a dentist at Kool Smiles Colonial Heights. "Healthy smiles start with access to preventive dental care and education. We're happy to help make a positive impact through this partnership."