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Pediatric Clinic Offers Free Dental Screenings in February

February  01, 2010

To honor National Children's Dental Health Month, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is offering free dental screenings for children — newborn through age 14 — throughout February. Parents are invited to register their children for an appointment which includes a free visual exam to identify any trouble spots in gums, teeth and mouth. Children will also receive a dental goody bag with toothbrush.

Poor oral health has been related to decreased school performance, poor social relationships and less success later in life, not to mention overall health problems, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. The Dugoni School of Dentistry believes that developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get started on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. To aid in this process, the staff of the pediatric clinic is donating their time to provide free screenings for kids.

"We focus on preventing dental disease in our Hutto Patterson Pediatric Dentistry Clinic," said Dr. Jeff Wood, chair of the pediatric department. "By offering these screenings, we hope to demonstrate the importance of developing good oral hygiene habits and help children and their parents understand how to prevent oral diseases, such as cavities."

Appointments must be made in advance. Parents may call 415.929.6550 to schedule a screening, which will take place in the school's pediatric clinic on the first floor of the dental school. A parent or legal guardian must accompany the child to the screening.

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