INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 18, 2014) – The American Dental Association recognizes February as National Children’s Dental Health Month to encourage good oral health habits at a young age. Parents and guardians play a significant role in establishing these habits for children.
The Marion County Public Health Department is committed to promoting good oral health. In February, the Dental Services program has scheduled special children-only hours at its four dental clinic sites in Marion County.
For $10, a child age 18 or younger will receive a dental exam, x-rays, cleaning and fluoride. The price also includes Toothprints, a dental identification print that captures a child’s DNA from saliva, dental impression and scent to be used to help locate or identify a missing child.
Services during these special clinics for children are available by appointment and on a walk-in basis. For appointments, please call the location directly.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
Northeast District Health Office
6042 E. 21st St.
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 19
2700 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21
6940 N. Michigan Rd.
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 27
Forest Manor Dental
3840 N. Sherman Dr.
Healthy dental habits for children include:
- Brushing at least twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Eating healthy and nutritious foods and limit the intake of sugary carbonated and acidic drinks
- Visiting the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings
- Wearing a mouth guard during sports
“Good Dental Care and the Rule of Twos: Brush for 2 minutes, 2 times a day and visit your dentist 2 times a year,” says Tonya Stewart, D.D.S., director of the Marion County Public Health Department’s Dental Services.
For more information on these dental clinics, call the Marion County Public Health Department at 317-221-2329.