Chiefs and TeamSmile offer free dental care for kids
11:18 PM, Oct 22, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kiesha Pollard never saw a dentist growing up in rural Mississippi. But she is determined to make sure things turn out differently for her kids.
Pollard's son Isaiah, 10, and Jocelyn, 5, joined hundreds of others at Arrowhead Stadium Tuesday to receive free dental care. The Chiefs hosted their eighth annual Kansas City Oral Health Care Day in conjunction with United Way and TeamSmile.
Pollard was happy to take advantage of the program so that Isaiah and Jocelyn could get what she could not.
"Not only are they given some oral care," she said, "But they're also teaching them the best way to take care of their teeth."
TeamSmile is the NFL's program to give dental care to kids who normally don't have access to it. Kansas City's effort is spearheaded by Chiefs' punter Dustin Colquitt.
"Every kid that comes through here has a free ticket to come in and get x-rays, teeth pulled, crowns, " he said, "We can do everything on site."
Colquitt, kicker Ryan Succup, and coach Andy Reid signed autographs, while the kids enjoyed games, dancing, and face painting.