Boys & Girls Club hosting free dental screening

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 07:14 PM

Children around the Tri-County can receive a free dental exam Thursday at the Boys & Girls Club in Vance County.

The Colgate mobile van will be there from 9:30 a.m. to noon as a way to introduce kids to dental health, said Evelyn Taylor, director of the Vance County club.

“This week at the Boys & Girls Club, we are concentrating on all things health and hygiene,” she said.

She said kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs in Franklin and Granville counties would also be there. But she said the event is open to the public at the club's 212 N. Clark St., Henderson.

They will also be giving out body wash, shampoo and conditioner.

“It’s a good thing in this community, and we are looking forward to serving these kids,” she said.

Clarencia Green, who works at the club, said this will be the first time the van has come to the Tri-County.

“The number of kids at the club who get to have a dental check-up are slim to none,” she said. “It’s a big thing for them and a big thing for us.”

The free screenings are visual examinations done by volunteer dental professionals inside the mobile dental van.

Parents and guardians receive screening result and a referral to local dentists if needed, and children take home their own toothbrush and toothpaste to encourage healthy habits at home.

Across the United States, the Colgate mobile van has provided free dental screenings and oral health education to under-served rural and urban communities, reaching more than 1,000 towns and more than 10 million children each year, according to Colgate’s website.

Green said the volunteer dental professionals won’t use any sharp objects while conducting the exams.

“We want kids to have a good impression of the dentist so they won’t be scared to come back for another visit in the future,” she said.

 

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