Giving Kids a Smile Continues in Ocean County, NJ...Free Dental Care for Kids on Friday, February 5, 2010.
2010 marks the seventh year of Give Kids A Smile! or National Children’s Dental Access Day. The New Jersey Dental Association has been a participating since the program’s inception in 2003.
It's a national program modeled after a St. Louis, MO program of the same name. Once a year, on the first Friday in February, volunteers in the dental community give their time and services to deliver screenings and treatment to children age 12 and under, absolutely free.
In New Jersey, nearly 4,000 children each year have participated in the program. Volunteer dentists have provided nearly $2.4 million in free dental services at more than 80 locations throughout New Jersey.
Dental services include everything from preventive to emergency. Referrals are given on an as-needed basis. Children will also get tips on daily oral hygiene and free toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss where available and while supplies last.
Every child must be accompanied by either a parent, guardian or a school official. Also, appointments for each child or groups of children must be made in advance and directly with the participating location. These are the participating Ocean County locations:
Ocean Health Initiatives, Lakewood – 732-363-6655
Tooth Doctor, Manahawkin, 609-597-6990
Dr. Valeria Barba, Manasquan – 732-223-4416
Ocean Pediatric Dental Assoc., Toms River–732-473-1123
Ocean Health Initiatives, Toms River 732-552-0377
DeMarco Family Dental, Tuckerton, 609-296-8700
Remember this is free for children under 12, but you must schedule an appointment. Parental consent forms are also required. Click here for the forms.
More information is available on the NJ Dental Association website.