OHI to Provide Free Dental Care for Kids

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI), will provide free preventative and restorative dental care for children ages 12 and under as part of Give Kids a Smile Day on Friday, February 1st, 2019, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. at the Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor and Toms River Health Centers. This one-day event, which takes part during National Children’s Dental Health Month, is part of the American Dental Association’s (ADA) annual push to bring attention to the number one childhood disease, tooth decay.

“Dental Care is critical for Children as they develop,” says Dr. Patricia Gibbons, Dental Director at OHI.  “This program, more than a decade old, will touch the lives of so many of New Jersey’s children who need oral healthcare instruction. We are very proud to be a part of it.”

Children who attend OHI’s Give Kids a Smile Day on February 1st will receive a comprehensive dental exam, oral healthcare instruction, fluoride treatments and free dental hygiene materials including a toothbrush, floss and toothpaste. For children needing continuing treatment, referrals will be made. In order to participate, parents must make an appointment by calling (732) 363 -6655. Appointments can be made at the Lakewood Health Center, located at 101 Second Street; Little Egg Harbor Health Center, located at 798 Route 539, Building 3; and the Toms River Health Center, located at 301 Lakehurst Road.

Last February, over 2,000 children participated in the program visiting nearly 100 sites across the state of New Jersey. OHI currently offers dental services at its Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor and Toms River locations. Services offered include general dentistry care, cleanings, screenings, routine check-ups, fluoride treatments, sealants, extractions, x-rays, treatment of gum disease and restoration of decayed teeth.

For more information on Give Kids a Smile Day, please contact Monika Kwiatkowska, Dental Manager, at (732) 363-6655 ex 8150.  To schedule a Dental appointment, call (732) 363 -6655. To learn more about OHI’s services, visit www.ohinj.org.

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