February is Children's Dental Health Month.
The region's leading healthcare organization, Kinney Drugs Inc., is proud to partner with the NYS Dental Foundation, the NYS Dental Association and the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh District Dental Societies to provide free dental health assessments for children entering kindergarten, second, fourth, seventh and 10th grades in the fall.
Local volunteer dentists will be available at Baldwinsville Kinney Drug from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Feb. 7 to perform assessments and provide certificates for entry into public school.
A law passed in 2007 encourages children in New York State to obtain dental health certificates declaring their readiness to attend schools at the time of entry and in the previously listed grades. The purpose is to determine any painful conditions, obvious swelling related to clinical evidence of open cavities or any other condition that interferes with a student's ability to chew, speak or focus on school activities.
In addition, the parents of children who meet certain criteria can learn how to obtain free dental follow-up work through programs sponsored by the New York State health department.
Other Kinney locations offering the clinic can be found at kinneydrugs.com.