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Free dental health clinic offered to low-income children
Free dental health clinic offered to low-income children

STOCKTON - A free "Give Kids a Smile" dental clinic for disadvantaged children will be held on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m at University of the Pacific's Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center, located at 757 Brookside Road (north of the Calaveras River).

The event, hosted by the San Joaquin Dental Society and UOP, will offer dental screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays and emergency treatments for children up to age 17. All services will be free and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The event is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

"According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly one in four childen, aged 2 to 11 have untreated cavities in their baby teeth," said Dr. Edward Graham, a Stockton dentist. "This is no surprise to most area dentists. This event will make a difference in the lives of countless local children."

"Give Kids A Smile," sponsored by the American Dental Association, provides free oral health care services to approx. 320,000 children at nearly 2,000 sites nationwide. The event links dentists with underserved children all over the country to improve oral health among large numbers of at-risk children.