Chicago dentist offers free care for kids in underserved communities

Chicago dentist Ogbonna Bowden, DDS, is running a mobile dentistry service that provides children on the city's South Side with free exams, screenings and cleanings, according to local ABC affiliate WLS-TV.

Dr. Bowden was inspired to launch the service, named "Smiles of Tomorrow," after witnessing the lack of access to dental care among his peers while he was growing up in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood. He says that something has to be done to address tooth decay, which is the most common chronic disease facing children.

"I wanted to make a difference and make sure that kids are not going through pain while they are trying to learn in school," Dr. Bowden told WLS-TV.

Dr. Bowden, founder of My Dental Gallery, told WLS-TV his South Side practice has not closed its doors once, offering emergency care to the community for the duration of the pandemic.

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