On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Reps Gilda Cobb-Hunter and Jerry Govan along with the mayor and city and county officials visited Kool Smiles' office at Grove Park Village Shopping Center in Orangeburg.
The grand opening marked Kool Smiles' seventh office in South Carolina. The elected officials met with parents and children who were receiving dental care at Kool Smiles as well as toured the facility. Cobb-Hunter and Govan thanked Kool Smiles for coming to Orangeburg and serving these families in need, as well as bringing 22 new jobs to the area.
South Carolina has since become a leader in addressing children's dental health needs. The Pew Center gave South Carolina a grade of "A" in its most recent report titled "State of Dental Health." South Carolina meets six of the eight policy benchmarks aimed at addressing children's dental health needs. The percent of Medicaid-enrolled children receiving dental services has increased from 46.9 percent to 51.9 percent.
"Kool Smiles is proud to partner with Orangeburg, S.C., to ensure we expand access to dental care for our state's underserved communities" said Dr. Allyson Sheffield, regional dental director for Kool Smiles.