DANVILLE — Vermilion County youth can receive a free dental screening and a goody bag during Smiling Faces Dental Days, held two days next week.
The Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures dental van will be at the following locations:
— McFerren Park in Hoopeston from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 27.
— Fair Oaks Public Housing Complex, 1607 Clyman Lane, Danville, from 1 to 4 p.m. June 27.
— St. Mary's Church, 231 N. State St., Westville, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 28.
— And Vermilion Garden Apartments, 1213 Garden Dr., Danville, from 1 to 4 p.m. June 28.
The screenings are available to youth ages 3 to 18 on a first-come, first-served basis. They must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Youth from all cities and towns throughout the county are welcome at any of the four sites.
The dental screenings will satisfy all Vermilion County school districts' requirements for students entering kindergarten, second and sixth grade. Forms will be completed and given to the parent or guardian at the time of the screening.
The program is sponsored by the HALO Project in partnership with Colgate-Bright Smiles Bright Futures and Orland Park Dental Services.
Colgate-Bright Smiles Bright Futures provides the dental van, supplies and goody bags filled with items that youth can use to practice proper oral hygiene at home. Orland Park Dental Services provides the dentist and hygienist who will be completing the dental screenings.
"Dental health is directly related to other overall health, and there is now medical proof that gum disease is directly linked to developing cardiovascular disease," HALO director Kathy Richard said. "It is extremely important that children receive appropriate dental care and that they are taught how to properly take care of their teeth now in order to avoid the risk of disease later in life."
Richard said many children and their families in Vermilion County don't have access to or cannot afford dental care. She said families also admit to not having enough dental supplies for each member of their family to practice healthy oral hygiene.
"If you know of family, friends, church members, acquaintances, co-workers, or neighbors who do not have transportation to one of the dental van sites, please be a good Samaritan and provide transportation for them," Richard said.
If children needing screenings are unavailable to attend one of the upcoming dates, Richard said local dentists will provide dental screenings at the Children's Health Safety & Activity Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville.
For more information, call 442-6587 or go to presencehealth.org/halo.