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February 4, 2009 > Children offered free dental screenings

Children offered free dental screenings

Submitted By Sheila Dobee

Need something to smile about? Dental offices from the Southern Alameda County Dental Society will give free screenings to local kids as part of "Give Kids a Smile." More than 70 dental health professionals stepped forward to give the state-mandated screenings. Treatment will also be provided for severe cases.

The Southern Alameda Dental Society is a component of the California and American Dental Associations. "Give Kids a Smile," a nationwide campaign combating dental disease in children, is sponsored by the American Dental Association.

"Children are screened for vision, hearing, and scoliosis and are required to have immunizations. Before AB 1433 was passed, oral health assessments were just an option for some children," said Sheila Dobee, DDS, president of the Southern Alameda Dental Society. "Now parents must obtain an oral health assessment before their child's first year in public school. Some families will need help to get that done, so we are providing screenings to children for free."

Five offices from the Southern Alameda Dental Society will participate on Saturday, February 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children served will come from the Hayward Unified School District, Fremont Unified School District, Fremont Family Resource Center and Fremont Healthy Start.

Children between the ages of 4 and 14 are invited to participate. To ensure adequate supplies, parents must email the Southern Alameda County Dental Society at sacds-gkas@earthlink.net and included the parent's and child's names and child's age. Children will be seen on a first come, first served basis.

For further information call (510) 782-5442. To learn more about "Give Kids a Smile," call (800) CDA-SMILE.

Southern Alameda Dental Society
Free dental screenings for children
Saturday, February 7
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(510) 782-5442 or (800) CDA-SMILE
sacds-gkas@earthlink.net

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