Santa Rosa, CA – February 2, 2016 – Community Action
Partnership of Sonoma County (CAP) is pleased to announce the 12th
annual GIVE KIDS A SMILE DAY—the kickoff to a yearly two-day event during which
dental professionals provide free dental care and public health officials seek
to raise awareness of the state of dental wellness in the county.
This February is
National Children’s Dental Health Month.
In Sonoma County on Friday, February 5, and Saturday, February 6, more than 200
dental professionals will come together to provide free dental services, by
appointment, to more than 400 children from low-income families at 10 sites
countywide. Services offered will be dental exams, kindergarten screenings,
cleanings, fluoride applications and if needed, same day treatment of painful
cavities. To make an appointment, call (707)
544-5638, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Board of
Supervisors will declare February as Children’s Dental Health Month in Sonoma
County. On Friday, February 5, at 11:00 a.m. at the Give Kids a Smile Day
celebration, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chair Efren Carrillo will
present a Gold Resolution, and Assemblymember Jim Wood will be in attendance to
recognize the event with a legislative certificate. The event is located at St.
Joseph Dental Health Clinic, 751 Lombardi Ave., Santa Rosa.
Recent surveys of
Sonoma County kindergarten and third graders have found half of students have
evidence of tooth decay and 18 percent have untreated decay. Dental decay can
negatively impact sleep cycles, eating habits and the ability to concentrate
and learn in school.
from the Redwood Empire Dental Society and the Redwood Dental Hygienists
Society are working to increase access to critically needed dental care for
low-income children and promote greater public awareness of this serious health
issue. The 12th annual celebration Give Kids A Smile Day Event,
coordinated by Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County and supported by
the Department of Health Services and Dental Health Network, helps prepare
children for a healthier start to a smarter tomorrow. As a result of CAPS’
dental programs and their community partners, more than 8,700 children have
received preventive dental services to date.
sites are participating this year: five community clinics, four private dentists
and one dental hygiene clinic throughout the county:
- St. Joseph Dental Health Clinic
- Indian Health Dental Clinic
- Alliance Dental Clinic
- Russian River Dental Clinic
- Fountaingrove Dentistry
- Sahouria Pediatric Dentistry
- Sonoma Pediatric Dentistry
- Santa Rosa Junior College
- Rohnert Park Dental Village - J. Kenji Reyda, DDS
- Petaluma Health Center Dental Clinic (Rohnert Park)
Things parents can
do to keep their child’s teeth healthy include:
should see a dentist no later than their first birthday.
your children brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
your children floss once a day.
healthy food and drink options to your children that are low in sugar.
a dentist regularly to address any tooth decay before it develops into greater
To volunteer or
make a donation contact: Cory Spencer at email@example.com
or 707-544-6911 ext. 1083