“Give Kids A Smile” Countywide Dental Sealant/Fluoride Varnish Event Is Back!

Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) is a nationwide program sponsored by the American Dental Association that is held annually to:

  • Provide free dental services to qualifying children from low-income families
  • Raise awareness of the epidemic of untreated dental disease in local communities
  • Raise awareness of the need to build public and private partnerships to increase access to oral health care to solve this crisis.

The County’s Dental Health Initiative-Share the Care program, the San Diego Dental Health Foundation, First 5 San Diego, and eight community dental clinics are again coming together for the Annual GKAS event. They will be providing free screenings, dental sealants, and fluoride varnish to low-income children ages 1 to 18 years that have no dental resources on Saturday, February 25, from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.

Did you know that 52 million school hours and 164 million work hours are lost annually to children with cavities and emergencies? Cavities are infectious, painful, and can be prevented. Taking care of your children’s teeth and visiting a dentist regularly are important for good oral health. Taking care of your child’s teeth includes making sure they get dental sealants and/or fluoride varnish, which are a safe and painless way to protect teeth and help prevent cavities.

Fluoride varnish is a special fluoride coating painted on all teeth; and dental sealants are a special coating placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These services are cost effective and cost less than fixing a tooth if a cavity develops.

All public school children are required to have an oral health screening upon entering kindergarten and this event satisfies that requirement. Participants can receive a completed oral health assessment form for school.

Many children do not have a regular dentist and do not receive routine dental care and prevention services. “We hope that through this event families will gain not only needed services, but a dental home,” said Kym Hodge, Dental Health Initiative-Share the Care program manager.

Call 619-692-8858 to schedule an appointment today!

Click here to download the official event flier.

Choose from one of eight locations!

  1. San Ysidro South Bay Family Health and Dental Center
    330-340 E. 8th Street
    National City, CA 91950
  2. North County Health Services
    2216 El Camino Real #121-122
    Oceanside, CA 92054
  3. Operation Samahan
    10737 Camino Ruiz #235
    Mira Mesa, CA 92126
  4. Neighborhood Healthcare
    425 N. Date Street
    Escondido, CA 92025
  5. Mountain Health Santee Family Medicine
    120 Town Center Parkway
    Santee, CA 92071
  6. Fallbrook Family Health Center
    1328 S. Mission Road
    Fallbrook, CA 92028
  7. Vista Community Clinic Vale Terrace
    1000 Vale Terrace Drive
    Vista, CA 92084
  8. Diamond Neighborhood Family Health Center
    4725 Market Street
    San Diego, CA 92102

Smile Baby! Pediatric Oral Health Basics

Educational Quality Circles for Health Professionals and Para-Professionals.

Tuesday, April 5th from 8:30 am – 9:30 am in the City Heights Center Building Basement Conference Room. (4305 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92105)

Presented by Dr. Taras, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego.


For more information, please contact Lisa Bain at California Border Healthy Start: (619) 791-2610  x302.  

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NHA Dental Health Awareness Workshop Event

Friday, March 25th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Tubman Chavez Center (415 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114).

  • No-cost dental screenings (with NO AGE LIMIT!)
  • Fun parent/child activities
  • No-cost oral health workshops for parents/guardians, and a
  • Goody bag upon completion of activities!

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Medline Plus- Tooth Decay Update

Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy

Oral health expert offers tips on preventing tooth decay

Click here to be taken to the story. (*this news item will not be available on the Medline site after 05/21/2016)

By Robert Preidt

Sunday, February 21, 2016

SUNDAY, Feb. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There are a number of things parents can do to help their children enjoy a lifetime with healthy teeth and gums, a dental expert says.

Start by creating a foundation of a balanced diet, limiting snacks, and brushing and flossing each day, said Stephen Mitchell, director of predoctoral pediatric dentistry at the School of Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Of course, regular dental checkups are also crucial.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among American children. It’s four times more common than asthma, Mitchell said. Consuming too many drinks with natural or added sugar can lead to tooth decay, he explained.

“Look at the nutrition label. If the calorie count is higher than 10 per serving, parents should be careful,” Mitchell said in a university news release. High-calorie drinks should be limited to one or two times a day, he advised.

Each day, children should have three balanced meals that include fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy. This will reduce their need to snack during the day, and lower their risk of tooth decay.

“Make sweets a treat. On a normal day, parents should limit their children to a combination of one or two sugary drinks, desserts or candies,” Mitchell said.

Misuse of sippy cups is another hazard.

“Tooth decay, especially ‘baby bottle tooth decay,’ is all about the amount of time a child’s teeth are exposed to sugars,” Mitchell said. “If you use a bottle or sippy cup, use it while the child is at the table for mealtime. Do not allow children to carry the cup around with them, and never allow them to sleep with it.”

Parents should brush their young children’s teeth for two minutes twice a day and focus on where the teeth and gums meet. It’s crucial to floss between baby or permanent teeth that touch together.

Parents should brush their children’s teeth until they are 6 or 7 years old, when they are coordinated enough to brush on their own. Parents should do an inspection after children brush their teeth.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.

SOURCE: University of Alabama at Birmingham, news release, Feb. 1, 2016

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