FREE Dental Screenings for Children 0-5

What: Dental Screenings for children 0-5
When: Tuesday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Shasta Family Justice Center, 1670 Market Street (Suite 300), Redding, CA
Cost: FREE!

The Shasta Healthy Smiles Oral Health Program will be providing FREE dental screenings and fluoride varnish application services to young children up to age 5 at the Shasta Family Justice Center located at 1670 Market Street, Suite 300 in downtown Redding on Tuesday, August 9 from 10 am – 2 pm. The dental screening also qualifies as a kindergarten dental assessment.

Assembly Bill 1433, passed in 2005, requires children entering kindergarten receive a dental screening.

Too many children in Shasta County have limited access to dental services and suffer needlessly from tooth decay. A dental screening can help identify if a child is in need of dental treatment and fluoride varnish helps strengthen the enamel of the teeth, making the teeth more resistant to tooth decay. A dental screening does not take the place of regular dental visits. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see the dentist for check-ups and cleanings at 6-month intervals starting at age 1.

The Shasta Healthy Smiles Oral Health Program’s dental screening and fluoride varnish services are funded by First 5 Shasta. For more information contact Megan L. Johnson, Oral Health Program Coordinator, at 229-8431 or by email at mljohnson@co.shasta.ca.us.

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