Tri-C Offers Free Dental Care for Children

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DSC_2557-1Appointments being taken for “Give Kids A Smile Day”

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will offer free dental screenings to children from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, as part of “Give Kids A Smile Day,” a national campaign to improve oral health.

The screenings include an examination, one-on-one hygiene instruction and – if needed – x-rays and sealants. Tri-C students studying to be dental hygienists and dental assistants conduct the screenings under the supervision of licensed health care providers from the College and community.

The annual event takes place at the Metropolitan Campus Dental Hygiene Clinic in the Health Careers and Sciences Building, 2900 Community College Ave., Cleveland.

“Our students, faculty and volunteers look forward to this event each year as a way to give back to the community and provide free care to underserved children,” said Mary Lou Gerosky, manager of the College’s Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs.

Registration is required given the limited number of available appointments. To schedule an appointment for a child age 17 or younger, call 216-987-4411. A parent or legal guardian must be present for the exam.

Tooth decay is one of the most common childhood diseases in the nation, affecting more than one-fourth of children aged 2 to 5 and half of those 12 to 15 years old. The numbers are even higher within lower-income families.

“Give Kids A Smile Day” is part of a national educational campaign to help prevent tooth decay through early, ongoing prevention measures. Sponsors for the event include the American Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association, Delta Dental Foundation and Rite Aid.

Can’t make it to the upcoming “Give Kids A Smile Day” but want to schedule an appointment with Tri-C’s Dental Hygiene Clinic? Then consider this option: The clinic offers affordable exams, x-rays, and cleanings throughout the school year. The fee is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Call 216-987-4411 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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