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The Student American Dental Hygienist's Association at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Florida, is celebrating National Children's Dental Health Month by organizing a complementary dental hygiene clinic for local children. The event is scheduled to take place on February 22 at the college's dental clinic.
Event organizers are inviting children ages 3-12 to participate in a free dental appointment, which will include a dental examination, a cleaning and any necessary x-rays, according to PanhandleParade.com. Each child will also receive educational information on childhood decay prevention and proper brushing and flossing techniques.
"We feel very fortunate to be able to offer this service to the community," said Laura Justice, programs coordinator for the college, quoted by the news source. "Developing good oral health habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits will contribute to a lifetime of healthy and strong teeth."
Appointments for the event will be scheduled based on availability.
According to a Children's Dental Health Project report, low-income children who have their first dental exam by age one are less likely to visit emergency rooms for oral health problems.
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