FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS – February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and the Marion County Public Health Department wants to encourage kids to begin healthy habits at a young age. The health department’s Dental Services program is offering children-only hours at four of its dental clinic sites in the month of February.
During the visit, children ages 1 to 18 can receive free preventative services which include a dental exam, cleaning, two bitewing x-rays and a fluoride treatment – age permitting.
These special clinic hours are intended for children only. Please contact a specific location directly to make an appointment in advance.
Saturday, February 6
Forest Manor Dental Clinic
Eskenazi Health Center Forest Manor
3840 N. Sherman Dr.
Saturday, February 13
Blackburn Dental Clinic
Eskenazi Health Center Blackburn
2700 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saturday, February 20
9 a.m.-1 p.m
Pecar Dental Clinic
Eskenazi Health Center Pecar
6940 N. Michigan Rd..
Friday, February 26
8 a.m.-Noon and 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Northeast District Health Office
Marion County Public Health Department
6042 E. 21st St.
“Kids should start seeing the dentist as soon as they have teeth,” said Tonya Stewart, D.D.S., director of Dental Services at the Marion County Public Health Department. “Regular visits at a young age help children develop a healthy smile, and adults play a significant role in establishing habits for children."
Healthy tips include brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, eating nutritious foods, limiting the intake of sugary carbonated and acidic drinks, visiting the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings, and wearing a mouth guard during sports.
For more information on these free dental clinics for children in February, or other dental outreach programs of the Marion County Public Health Department, please contact Dental Services at 317-221-2329.
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