Kids who need dental care but can’t afford it can get free checkups on Friday, Feb. 5, or Saturday, Feb. 6, at least four Long Island locations during the annual “Give Kids a Smile” event promoted by the American Dental Association.
From 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 5, St. Charles Hospital, 200 Belle Terre Rd. in Port Jefferson, will offer free dental screenings, cleanings and fluoride treatments. Children to age 17 will be seen by appointment only in the Stephen B. Gold Dental Clinic there. Space is limited; make an appointment by calling 631-474-6797.
From noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, Farmingdale State College will host its eighth annual “Give Kids a Smile Day.” Children ages 1-17 can visit Farmingdale’s Dental Hygiene Care Center in Gleeson Hall to receive free oral screenings, dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants and oral health education provided by faculty and students from Farmingdale’s dental hygiene department.
A speech pathologist will be on hand, and students from the college’s nursing program will conduct blood pressure screenings for parents. Proper hand-washing techniques will be demonstrated by students and faculty from the medical laboratory technology department. “Give Kids a Smile Day” is free, but appointments are required. Call Farmingdale’s dental hygiene department at 631-420-2282.
From 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 5, the Dental Care Center at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine will welcome kids for screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatment, oral health education/home care and sealants as needed. The providers will be third and second year dental students, faculty, hygienists, staff, Pediatric Residents, dental assistant students, hygiene students from SUNY Farmingdale and members of the Suffolk County Dental Society. Stony Brook University mascot “Wolfie” and Ronald McDonald will also be there and a DJ will be spinning tunes. For appointment, call 631-632-8889.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, the Suffolk County Dental Society is hosting its event at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead. Kids ages 1-17, who must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, will be treated by members of the society, and residents and students from St. Charles Hospital, Stony Brook University and Farmingdale State College. Kids will get exams, cleanings, fluoride treatment and dental sealants if appropriate. There will be a dental health puppet show, and kids can draw a picture of the tooth fairy.
The exam also includes free admission for all children and one adult per child. Preregistration is encouraged by calling 631-780-5760 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org