Free Childrens' Dental Care Friday, Feb. 3 **UPDATED**
On Friday, Feb. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the University of Maine at Bangor Dental Hygiene Program will host Give Kids A Smile Day by offering free dental care to children ages 1-18. Area dentists, dental hygienists and student dental hygienists will volunteer their time for dental cleanings, x-rays, sealants and fillings if necessary. The only requirement being that the child currently does not have a dentist. The program is open to any Maine child from any Maine community.
Because poor or no dental care for children is common in some areas of Maine, dental decay is the most preventable disease among children. When a child learns poor dental practices or, in some cases, nothing about their dental care, they grow into adults with oral disease, heart disease and women with pre-term, low birth weight babies among many other illnesses.
This is a once a year opportunity to get your children, grandchildren or the neighbor's kid in to see a dental professional and begin a life of learning correct oral care. The clinic's address is 201 Texas Avenue in Bangor and its phone number FMI or to make your appointment is 262-7870. If Amy is unable to answer, please leave a message and she'll get right back to you. She'll explain the detail such as a parent must accompany the child (or most anyone with written permission from the parents).
Remember, Friday Feb. 3 is the only day set aside for this. If you know of a child who is in need of dental care or who doesn't have a dentist, please urge them or their parents to take advantage of this one day program.
(Okay, that's the official notice. On a personal note, there are always folks who believe that dental care is pretty low on the totem pole. It's unfortunate they continue the tradition they were taught and pass their poor and/or nonexistent practice to their children which continues the cycle. You wouldn't believe the excuses given for not taking little Johnny and Susie to see a dentist much to the child's detriment. This one day program is about as good as it gets and I urge you to take full advantage of it. I'm not a fan of taking a child out of school for most reasons but for this program, I can think of no better reason.)