Belen dentist offering free care to children

February 3, 2010—Valencia County News—The New Mexico Dental Association’s (NMDA) Belen are member dentist, Linda Hixon, will promote oral health care and provide free dental care to kids during “Give Kids a Smile Day” on Friday, Feb. 5. Beginning at 9am, Hixon, along with the office’s assistants and hygienists, will provide free dental care to those children deemed at risk by the school nurse. The dental team will be offering teeth cleanings and education to children who attend. “Give Kids a Smile Day is an important event,” said Hixon. “Teaching children good dental hygiene prevents future problems. Since dental problems are a leading cause of absenteeism among children, it is crucial to take time and help children who otherwise don’t have access to care. “ Dozens of NMDA dentist from around the state have organized activities, presentations and extended office hours for this year’s national “Give Kids a Smile Day.” The first event was held in 2003 by the American Dental Association. It was designed to provide children with free dental education and preventative care for tooth decay and other disorder. February is also Children’s Dental Health Month. The NMDA is currently working with state lawmakers to raise awareness and suggest solutions to improve access to oral health care.

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