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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sonoma County Kids Dental Health Month

Saving Smiles Mouthfuls at a Time: Sonoma County Dentists Seek to "Give Kids a Smile" by Providing Exams and Education, Kicking Off National Children's Dental Health Month.

With almost 1/3 of California preschoolers and more than 2/3 of elementary and high school children having had some form of tooth decay, oral health advocates know more work needs to be done regarding oral health education, prevention measures and treatment for California's children. In an effort to combat preventable oral diseases, the California Dental Association (CDA) and dental professionals from around the country are allied together in observing February as National Children's Dental Health Month by offering free dental exams for uninsured children throughout the state. Through this annual program, local dentists strive to foster the importance of properly flossing, brushing and caring for teeth and gums in children.

Sonoma County dentists will be participating in the American Dental Association’s "Give Kids a Smile[R]" day, Friday, Feb. 5. Give Kids a Smile allows dedicated dentists to reach out to underserved children in Sonoma County and across the nation in preventing oral disease and promoting healthy habits that if properly followed with regular visits to a dentist, will ensure dental health well into their future

Last year's event gave needed care to more than 41,000 children in California totaling over $1.5 million in donated dental services. This year, CDA and its member dentists hope to make an impact on more children throughout California.

For more information about proper oral care and the National Children's Dental Health Month, please call the Redwood Empire Dental Society at (707) 546-7275.

To register your child for Give Kids a Smile[R] events in Sonoma County, please call (707) 544-5638.

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