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January 18, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 360-992-2921
bkerr@clark.edu

GIVING KIDS A REASON TO SMILE

The Clark County Dental Society, Clark College
and other community partners
will celebrate Children’s Dental Health Day
by providing free care to children who don’t have dental insurance

Two children brushing teeth
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and Southwest Washington will mark it in a way that will bring smiles to children and adults. 

Children's Dental Health Day will be held on Saturday, February 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Clark College Dental Hygiene Clinic.  The clinic is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way (between E. McLoughlin Blvd. and Fourth Plain Blvd.), Vancouver. 

Free dental care – including checkups, x-rays, sealants and fluoride treatments, fillings and extractions -- will be provided for children ages 2 to 18 who don’t have dental insurance. 

It will also be an opportunity for parents to ask questions including:  When should you start brushing? What kind of toothpaste is best? When should you go to the dentist?  Knowing the answers to these questions can help you keep your children's teeth healthy and cavity free.

Dr. Munib Derhalli, president of the Clark County Dental Society and one of the coordinators of the event, notes that “Oral hygiene is vitally important to children’s health, and prevention is the key to good dental health.”  Dr. Derhalli says he and his colleagues “would love to care for 500 children” on Children's Dental Health Day.

Children's Dental Health Day is sponsored by the Clark County Dental Society in partnership with Clark College, Clark County Public Health, Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, Greater Southwest Washington Dental Hygiene Association, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Washington Oral Health Foundation.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 360-397-8020 or 360-397-8000 Ext. 7371.

The American Dental Association held the first national observance of Children's Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949. This single day observance became a week-long event in 1955. In 1981, the program was extended to a month-long celebration known today as National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM).  NCDHM messages reach millions of people in communities across the country and at numerous armed service bases abroad.

Clark College’s acclaimed Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.

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