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January 27, 2010 > Healthy teeth for children

Healthy teeth for children

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By courtesy of Melinda Miller

Tooth infections can impair speech development and the ability to concentrate, besides being painful. Southern Alameda County Dental Society in conjunction with the UOP (University of the Pacific) School of Dentistry is coordinating access to dental care. It is a good opportunity for children who may not see a dentist regularly to get a regular, thorough checkup of their teeth, mouth and gums.

A free dental screening clinic for children ages 4 to 14 will be held this Saturday January 30. All screenings will be done at the UOP Clinic located on J St. in Union City. Each child will also be provided with a free dental care kit. "Each year in association with Nation Children's Dental Health Month, the dental society holds a free dental screening clinic for children in our community. This year we are particularly pleased to be joining forces with University of the Pacific Dental Clinic in Union City," said Executive Director Southern Alameda County Dental Society, Melinda Miller.

'Give Kids A Smile' was designed to provide education, preventative and restorative care to children who do not have access to care. "Patients do not have to have insurance. In fact it's those without insurance that we're trying to reach," said Miller. "All of the screenings and treatment that will be done that day will be free. Each child be screened, and will receive a dental health goodie bag. Children with dire need for treatment will receive it on site that day," she said.

Assembly Bill 1433 requires students in kindergarten, or first grade if it is their first year in public school, submit proof of an oral health assessment performed by a licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional. Give Kids A Smile now offers them the opportunity to assist local schools with the compliance of the AB 1433. "Last year we had approximately 150 children, but this year we can accommodate many, many more with the new setup. We hope that we can see 300 this year," said Miller.

Parents must notify the Southern Alameda County Dental Society (SACDS) sacds-gkas@earthlink.net or call (510) 782-5442. Included in the email should be the parent and child's name, child's/children's age/s. Children will be seen on a first come first served basis. It is imperative that we know how many children will be attending in order to have enough supplies. For further information you may contact the Southern Alameda County Dental Society at (510) 782-5442 or sacds-gkas@earthlink.net.

'Give Kids a Smile'
Saturday, January 30
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
UOP Dental Care Center
1203 J St Union City
(510) 782-5442
sacds-gkas@earthlink.net

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