: Free Dental Care for Kids in Ocean County...Give Kids a Smile!

Free Dental Care for Kids in Ocean County...Give Kids a Smile!

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:

CHEMED Health Center, Lakewood – 732-534-8061
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.

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Comment balloon 10 commentsLaura Giannotta • January 14 2010 06:00AM


Great community service and good of you to remind people...inform people...poor dentqal health can lead to lots of other health problems...hope the program is well used.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 10 years ago

Laura: With all due respect, nothing is truly free. The taxpayer is picking-up the tab. Regards,

Posted by Jane Nicastro-Disch, NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors (Weichert Realtors) over 10 years ago

This is a great idea. There are too many kids with horrible teeth because their parents cannot afford to send them to a dentist.

Posted by Eric J, Dream Home Financing (Eric J - Dream Home Financing) over 10 years ago

Hi Laura:

Great information!

I wasn't aware of this program.

Have a wonderful day.


Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 10 years ago

What a great program for the kids.

My little one wants to be a dentist and I'm forwarding this to her. I know once she reaches her goal, she'll be volunteering her services in this program too.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 10 years ago

Laura - Kudos to the pro bono dentists!

Posted by Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!" (Rulnick Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Great thing for the kids.  I give credit to the Dentists that participate.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 10 years ago

Laure ~ How great is this! All areas should institute. Unhealthy teeth can make you very ill.

Posted by Monique Combs, Royal Shell Real Estate - Monique Combs (Royal Shell Real Estate ) over 10 years ago

Great info Laura !


Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 10 years ago

Hello Laura,

What a wonderful program for children!  Thank you for your post and sharing the information.  Have a great Sunday!



Posted by Rita Minion (O'Brien Realty) over 10 years ago