Small Smiles of Washington, D.C., a dental facility focusing on children’s oral health, recently announced the grand opening of their new center on Minnesota Avenue N.E., which will provide professional dental care to children throughout the metropolitan area from low-income families.

Across Washington, D.C. more than 85,000 children are eligible for dental care through Medicaid or CHIP, but fewer than one in four dentists accept their insurance. Small Smiles is one of only a few dental care providers who accept patients covered by Medicaid, and is helping fight against tooth decay, one of the leading health problems affecting America’s youth..

“Oral health is about more than just tooth decay,” said Dr. Takeisha Presson, lead dentist at Small Smiles and a native Washingtonian, in a prepared statement. “Poor dental health among young children can lead to a variety of other health and developmental challenges. Since 2006, Small Smiles has provided quality dental care for families in Washington. I am proud to be opening our second dental center in the neighborhood that I grew up in. My staff and I are dedicated to serving this community and educating children and families about the importance of oral health. All kids deserve a great smile.”

The new Small Smiles Dental Center of Washington, D.C. is located at 3946 Minnesota Ave., N.E. Parents who are interested in scheduling an appointment for their child are encouraged to call 202- 397-1033. Small Smiles has two additional locations in the D.C. metro area, including Small Smiles of Washington, D.C., located at 3401 Georgia Ave., N.W., and Small Smiles of Oxon Hill, 30 Audrey Lane, Oxon Hill, Md.