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: Click on dental health at the bottom of the homepage.

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nyscof wrote on January 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm

This seems like a nice gesture by a dentists. But Dentists ARE the problem. Tooth decay crises occur in all fluoridated cities & states See: because 80% of dentists refuse Medicaid patients and half of all Americans don't have dental insurance. Others with insurance can't afford dentistry's extremely high out-of-pocket fees.  Emergency rooms are flooded with patients in dental distress costing taxpayers ten times the amount of a simple filling. Annually, 164 million work hours and 51 million school hours are lost due to dental problems ; 52% of new recruits had oral health problems needing urgent attention  The American economy is hurt by dentists’ refusal to treat low-income Americans
The solution: Dental Therapists are 2 or 3 year trained individuals who will drill, fill and pull teeth as well as dentists and work in areas and mouths where dentists refuse to go. DTs have worked for decades successfully in other first world countries. The first DTs are working in rural Alaska where residents would otherwise pull their own teeth.

The problem is that organized dentistry lobbies with millions of dollars and loads of political clout to stop DTs from becoming legal in the US protecting their lucrative monopoly instead of our teeth.

Another solution is to mandate that dentists treat more low-income people all year round.

Dentists received welfare for the rich in the form of government subsidies to their dental schools, tuition and more.

We know dentists love mandates because they are behind virtually every fluoridation mandate in this country.