Free dental care offered to uninsured children on Feb. 4
Children’s Dental Health Day is Saturday, Feb. 4
Melody Scheer, Public Health
The clinic runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Clark College Dental Hygiene Clinic, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. Driving directions and parking maps are available at www.clark.edu/maps.
Children ages 2 to 19 in Clark and Skamania counties who have no dental insurance are eligible for X-rays, sealants, fluoride treatment, fillings and extractions. Cleanings are not provided. Children will be seen by appointment only. For an appointment, call (360) 397-8000 ext. 7371 or (360) 397-8020.
“Good oral health is essential to a child’s well-being. Dental problems can affect the ability of children to eat, learn in school and socialize with others,” said Melody Scheer, health systems coordinator at Clark County Public Health. “We encourage families who lack insurance or can’t afford dental care to call now to schedule an appointment for their children.”
Volunteers will provide parents with oral health information, including answers to questions such as: When should you start brushing? What kind of toothpaste is best? They also will offer assistance with other children’s health programs.
The annual event is in its sixth year and typically serves about 300 children. Last year, volunteer, dentists, hygienists, and other oral health professionals provided dental services valued at more than $100,000.
Services are donated by Clark College, Clark County Dental Society, Clark County Public Health, Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, and Greater Southwest Washington Dental Hygiene Association. Funding is provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities and Washington Oral Health Foundation.