Novi dentist offers free dental screenings for kids Thursday
In honor of February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month Dr. Justin Geller, of Novi-based JMG Dentistry, is offering free dental screenings to Metro Detroit children from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at his office, located at 31202 Novi Road. No appointments necessary.
According to recent studies, an estimated one in four third graders in the state of Michigan have untreated tooth decay, and over half have suffered from dental caries. The American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry continually stress that practicing good dental hygiene from an early age plays a critical role in preventing severe health problems in the future.
Edmonds dentist offers free “Day of Caring” Saturday
An Edmonds dentist is offering free dental treatment in what he describes as a “Day of Caring.”
The dentist, Dr. Michael Hrankowski, of Edmonds Woodway Dental Care, will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28.
“This is our way of helping take care of our neighbors,” Hrankowski said. “It’s also a great way to say thanks to the community and mark our second anniversary in Edmonds.”
“We anticipate a large crowd,” he said.
Wilder students to get free dental screenings Friday
Approximately 400 students in the Wilder School District will help Idaho dental professionals draw attention to National Oral Health Care month with free dental screening from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 27, at Wilder High, Middle and Elementary schools.
Wilder School District was chosen because a high percentage of Wilder students have untreated oral health problems, according to Idaho Dental Hygienists’ Association President Sally Kane.
“The 2005 Idaho State Smile Survey showed that children in this area have higher than average untreated cavities, a problem 30 percent of Idaho third grade children have. However in the Wilder area, 50 percent of the third grade children surveyed needed fillings and 8 percent of them had pain or infection,” Kane said. “This event gives us the opportunity, through an extensive dental screening, to find those students with dental health issues and help make their parents and school officials aware of the extent of the problem. By partnering with Regence Caring Foundation for Children, we can then determine if financial assistance is needed to help those students who need care get appointments with dentists who will provide further examination and treatment.”
Free dental exams for kids on Saturday
No dental health insurance? Here’s some help for children ages 6 to 16 years old. On Saturday, they can get free dental exams and more during Kids’ Cavity Prevention Day sponsored by the Luzerne County Community College Dental Health Department and the Northeast Pennsylvania Dental Hygiene Association.
From 9 a.m. to noon at LCCC’s Dental Health Clinic at the college’s campus in Nanticoke, kids can get exams, cavity varnish, pit and fissure sealants, oral health instruction and a toothbrush, all for free. The day is intended to not only provide a cleaning and care, but also to teach children and teens how to take care of their teeth and prevent cavities and problems.