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Dentists treat children to free dental screenings
Updated: 10/6/2010 5:00:09 PM

Dentists treat children to free dental screenings More than 3,000 children in the Oceanside and Vista, California areas are receiving various dental services through a program that provides services to children from low-income households, according to the North County Times-California.

The program is called A+ Teeth and is the result of a partnership between the Vista Community Clinic (VCC) and surrounding schools in Vista and Oceanside. Children who participate in the program must be in either first, second or third grade. They will be serviced with free dental screenings and fluoride treatments, but may also receive sealants.

So far this year, 20 schools are participating in A+ Teeth. Dentists will visit these institutions for one week and parents must also request to make an appointment for their child. Jenny Jones, spokeswoman for VCC, told the newspaper that younger kids are the target of this program because that is when they begin to develop their permanent molars.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular dental check-ups are especially important for young children, as it can help to prevent future problems, such as gum disease.

Parents who lack coverage for themselves and their young children could find low-cost care in order to reduce the risk for dental problems down the road. Discount dental plans offer affordable coverage for these individuals and their families.

For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353.

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