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Kids should be smiling a lot on Friday, February 7, 2014, after they receive toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste donated by the American Dental Association for participating in Give Kids a Smile Day sponsored by OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified healthcare center.
In recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month, OHI under the auspices of New Jersey Dental Association is providing free dental screenings to children 12 and under, regardless of insurance, on February 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The free screening includes a dental exam, X-rays as needed, oral healthcare instruction, fluoride treatments, and free dental hygiene materials, such as toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste.
Dentists can see children at either OHI’s Lakewood office, 101 Second Street or OHI’s Toms River office, 301 Lakehurst Road. Because space is limited, appointments must be scheduled two weeks ahead of time.
School nurses will provide a consent form and a medical history form, which children must bring to their appointment. Call the OHI Call Center at 732-363-6655 to schedule an appointment in either English or Spanish.
Throughout the year, OHI offers dental cleanings and full checkups, including X-rays and other screening procedures for children and adults. Dentists are available at the Lakewood and Toms River sites Monday through Friday, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program, now celebrating its 12th year, is designed to raise awareness about the importance of dental care and provides oral health education to all children despite their economic status.