Free dental cleanings, exams available for kids

Free dental cleanings, exams available for kids

URBANA — Free dental cleanings and exams will be available for kids and teens next Saturday at Lincoln Square in Urbana

The free services will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 4 through the annual Give Kids a Smile event sponsored by the Illini District Dental Society, and will also include prizes, games and oral health activities for kids.

Free exams, cleanings and fluoride treatments are available for youths ages 1 through 17, and no appointments are needed. The exams count for school-required exams, according to Valerie Paulo, a University of Illinois senior pre-dental student and intern at SmileHealthy.

Local organizations SmileHealthy and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District's children's dental clinic are also involved in the event.

It will include a healthy food bingo game, door prizes, face painting, coloring contest and appearances by the tooth fairy and Delta Dental Tooth Wizard.

The Twin City Derby Girls will also be on hand promoting the use of mouth guards in athletics, Paulo said.

There will be nine dental chairs in operation at this event with volunteer dentists and hygienists, she said.

Participants include the Christie Clinic Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Dental Implant Center and the clinic's oral maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Victor Escobar.

Parents planning to bring their children can save time in advance by visiting this website to download the needed health history form: http://www.c-uphd.org. Click on dental health at the bottom of the homepage.

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