Local ‘Family Day at Dentist’ is Saturday, Feb. 10

As part of National Dental Health Month, the Huntington County Dental Society is again sponsoring “Family Day at the Dentist,” on Saturday, Feb. 10.

This year’s event marks the 37th anniversary of Family Day at the Dentist. The society estimates that more than 4,200 Huntington County families have been served over that time.

The event is designed as an opportunity for individuals or families without a family dentist to have a free visual evaluation of their oral health and establish a relationship with a local dentist, according to Huntington County Dental Society spokesperson Dr. John Regan. The Huntington County Dental Society and the American Dental Association use this month to provide public health information on the importance of good oral health and preventative care.

“Dentistry’s message that almost all dental disease is preventable is particularly relevant at this time when the nation is trying to control health care costs,” says Regan.

He indicated that dental disease cannot be cured at this time but it can be controlled if patients would control plaque, reduce or eliminate sweets, use fluorides, apply sealants and see their family dentist at least twice a year. Family Day at the Dentist is an opportunity for the entire family to start to take advantage of preventative care that is available.

Any family or individual wanting to participate may call 356-6119 this week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for an appointment.

Participating Huntington County dentists will also be providing free care during Dentists with a Heart on Wednesday, Feb. 14. This is a national program whereby free dental care is provided to needy individuals on Valentine’s Day.

Families on Medicaid or HIP are requested to use that resource rather than Dentists with a Heart.

Interested organizations that know of a deserving family may make a referral by calling 356-6119 to schedule an appointment for Family Day at the Dentist.