Pinellas County Health encourages children's oral and dental care

07/27/11 Atecia Robinson
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Proper dental health can be important, especially to those who don’t have and can’t afford dental care. In Pinellas Park, the Pinellas County Health Department offered free dental exams for children and teens going back to school this fall.

When most people think of healthcare they sometimes forget about dental care and keeping their teeth in good shape. Faye Watson is a parent who was thankful for the free dental care that was provided to her daughter today. Although she may not know the technical ins-and-outs of what it takes to have a healthy smile, she does know that it can be important to one’s self esteem.

Children can be scared when going for one of their first dental exams. But not Brianna Cole, who was excited to receive her exam in Pinellas County and wanted to show off the bag of goodies she held that would help her continue keep her pearly whites healthy.

According to The American Academy of Periodontology, when teeth and gums are not properly cared for chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s can occur. Dr. Amy Luce from the Pinellas County Health Department is happy to give children the tools they need to keep their bodies healthy starting with their teeth whether they have insurance or not. She never turns anyone away.

The office manager of the Pinellas County dental office, Ella Fitzgerald, recalls bringing her children to the same dental office when they were younger. She thinks that young people should learn more of the facts about how dental care can affect their lives. Fitzgerald has one word to describe working for the Pinellas County Health Department’s dental office “rewarding.”

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Thank you!

Thanks for an excellent and very thorough report on our Back to School dental clinics!