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Every Smile Counts

Jan 30, 2015

Peoria - The Dentists of the Peoria District Dental Society and the OSF Dental Residency Program will be participating in the American Dental Association’s "Give Kids A Smile" by providing dental services to many area underserved children. The services, including dental screenings, cleanings, and fluoride treatments by volunteer dentists, will be provided at Crittenton Center, 442 W John Gwynn Jr Ave on Friday, February 6, 2015, from 8:30am - 11:30am. Children in need of urgent care will be referred for those services at Peoria City/County Health Department, 2116 N Sheridan Rd, Peoria.

Dr. Susan Bishop, Director at Peoria City/County Health Department Dental Clinic explains the need for these services at this one-day event. "Oral health has been designated a Community Health Priority in our area.  In many children who do not have regular dental checkups, we see dental problems that cause pain and lost days at school, as well as lost hours at work for parents who need to take kids for emergency dental care. Give Kids a Smile is a terrific program that helps give volunteer dentists the opportunity to meet directly with kids and families to provide dental services and talk about dental care, including how to help prevent dental problems. Keeping kids healthy and pain free are the best reasons to Give Kids A Smile."

For children with no dental insurance or a dentist, call the Peoria District Dental Society at 309-444-4443 for a referral to one of the Give Kids a Smile event locations.

Dr. Bishop reminds everyone, "For good dental health, brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste, floss once a day, eat a balanced diet, drink water containing fluoride, and visit a dentist regularly."

For more information on dental health, visit the American Dental Association website at or Peoria City/County Health Department website at


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