Area dentists give free dental care to local children

Area kids had a chance to get a free dental check up.

As part of the national ‘Give Kids a Smile’ campaign from the American Dental Association, eleven area dental offices offered free exams, cleanings, and anything else the kids need done.

Area dentists say not only is it a chance for them to help kids who otherwise may not be able to afford a visit, but it’s also a chance to teach important dental hygiene lessons.

Local dentist Erica Stanek says, “Chances are if a child hasn’t been to the dentist as a child, they’re not going to see that as important as an adult. But also it’s important to make sure that they’re taking care of their teeth appropriately, their diet is good to try and prevent decay.”

More than 60 kids signed up for the free appointments this year.