August 26, 2013
"Each year, we learn more about how good oral health relates to good overall health. Giving children a strong foundation in oral care can help them have a healthier life," said Ju Lawrence, DMD, director of the Desert Mission Children's Dental Clinic.
The facility helps kids in five big ways:
1. If a child is identified with an urgent need during a school screening, he/she is offered a free dental visit at the Clinic, located at 9201 N. Fifth St.
2. Staff provides education related to oral and overall health. Kids also receive free Smile Kits (see below).
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3. Kids receive access to specialty care through volunteer specialists — oral surgeons, pediatric specialists, endodontists and periodontists.
4. The Clinic is a referral source for local Head Start programs; Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs; and immunization clinics. Clinic staff members work with these programs to see children for routine and urgent dental visits.
5. Staff encourages parents with limited financial resources to bring in their child as soon as the first tooth appears, at no charge. This allows a dental professional to apply a fluoride varnish, as needed, and provide oral education for the family.
Three Ways You Can Support Children's Dental Clinic
- Donate Smile Kits or supplies: Toothbrushes, floss and travel-size toothpaste. Organize a drive within your organization or church.
- Volunteer: Encourage your dentist, hygienist or dental assistant to volunteer with us or donate supplies.
- Share information: New patients — those who are uninsured or on particular AHCCCS plans — up to the age of 21, are welcome.
For more information, visit JCL.com/childrensdental.
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