OHI Gives Kids a Smile—Dental Appointments Still Available for February 1

Posted on January 25, 2013 By

Dental appointments are still available at OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives) for free dental screenings on Give Kids a Smile Day, Friday, February 1, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. OHI is providing the dental screenings to children 12 and under, regardless of insurance, under the auspices of the New Jersey Dental Association and in recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month.

The free screening includes a dental exam, oral healthcare instruction, fluoride treatments, and free dental hygiene materials, such as toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste.

Dentists can see children at one of two locations: OHI’s Lakewood office, 101 Second Street or OHI’s Toms River office, 301 Lakehurst Road. Because space is limited, appointments must be scheduled. School nurses will provide a consent form and a medical history form, which children must bring to their appointment.  Call the OHI Call Center at 732-363-6655 to schedule an appointment in either English or Spanish.

American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program, now celebrating its 11th year, is designed to raise awareness about the importance of dental care and provides oral health education to all children despite their economic status.

Throughout the year, OHI offers dental cleanings and full checkups, including X-rays and other screening procedures for children and adults. Dentists are available at the Lakewood and Toms River sites Monday through Friday, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

For more information, visit www.ohinj.org. For questions, contact Douglas Clark at 732-363-6655 or promotionsdept@ohinj.org.

About Ocean Health Initiatives

OHI, a federally qualified health center (FQHC), with locations at 101 Second Street, Lakewood; and 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River; and 333 Haywood Road Manahawkin, provides comprehensive preventative and primary care, including pediatrics, maternal and child health, prenatal, WIC, universal immunizations, and dental health to the area’s uninsured, underinsured, and undocumented residents on a sliding-fee scale, based on an individual’s or family’s ability to pay. OHI has a bilingual staff available to assist patients and callers. To become a patient of OHI, call a representative in the Call Center at either 732-552-0377, Toms River, or 732-363-6655, Lakewood.  Visit www.ohinj.org. for further information.