Notable Heroes in Health Care: Dr. Charles Kosowski

Class of 2022

Dr. Charles Kosowski, a dentist with the Ascension Wisconsin Seton Dental Programs, focuses on providing access to urgent care dental services for children and adults who would otherwise be challenged accessing dental care. 

For the past 12 years, he has provided oral examinations, X-rays, cavity treatment, extractions and oral health education. Koswoski assisted in providing more than 2,800 urgent dental encounters to children and adults at schools across southeastern Wisconsin at multiple homeless shelters, community clinics and additional locations across Milwaukee County.

Through Kosowski and Ascension Smart Smiles, more than 12,000 students each year at 107 schools in Milwaukee are provided dental care. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports tooth decay as one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. When left untreated, tooth decay can have consequences, including problems with eating, speaking and learning.

Closer to home, Milwaukee County falls behind other Wisconsin counties for adults without health insurance, with 29% reporting no recent dental visits, according to the 2021 Milwaukee County Community Health Needs Assessment. 

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