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Feb 18

McLean County Dental Society offers free oral screenings for children’s museum visitors

Posted on February 18, 2020 at 4:42 PM by Rachelle Cantero

Normal, IL – Feb. 18, 2020 – In  honor of National Children's Dental Health Month, dental professionals with the McLean County Dental Society will offer two days of free oral health screenings for visitors at the Children’s Discovery Museum in Uptown Normal.

On Thursday, Feb. 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon, members of the McLean County Dental Society will set up screening stations inside the Children’s Discovery Museum’s dental exhibit. Children will be invited to participate, ask questions, and discover basic tools they might see during a regular dentist visit. This service is provided free with paid admission.

National Children’s Dental Health Month is held every February as a month-long national health observance led by the American Dental Association.

“This is just one way that dentists in McLean County will answer the ADA’s challenge to unite health care providers and educators to work together to promote the benefits of good oral health,” said Dr. Greg Dietz, president of the McLean County Dental Society. “We are excited to visit with children as they play in the museum and get comfortable with a basic oral health screen.”

“Tooth decay is the most common chronic condition among school-aged children, but it also can be the easiest to detect and treat if we catch it early,” he added.

Illinois law requires dental screenings for all children entering kindergarten, second, sixth, and ninth grades. An oral health examination is required for public, private, and parochial schools across the state. During the screening, care providers will inspect the lips, tongue, teeth, gums, inside of the cheeks, and roof of the mouth to identify oral disease, especially tooth decay and other common oral conditions. An oral health screening takes only 2 or 3 minutes to complete.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of community water fluoridation, and the American Dental Association is helping dentists celebrate the occasion with additional education resources for visitors to take home.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named community water fluoridation as one of the 20th century’s 10 great public health achievements. In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first city in the world to fluoridate its drinking water. The ADA reports that research has consistently shown that fluoridated water prevents tooth decay by at least 25 percent in children and adults. 

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About the The McLean County Dental Society: 
The Society upholds its original objective of promoting the public welfare by advancement of the dental profession in education, science, mutual fellowship and good feeling, by the union of effort of other local organizations as a component part of the Illinois State Dental Society; by the advocacy of proper legislation; and by cooperation with the health professionals in all matters of mutual interest and advantage to the people of the State of Illinois.