Free dental screenings available for kids in Southwest Colorado

Friday, March 2, 2018 9:04 PM

In the spirit of National Children’s Dental Health Month, San Juan Basin Public Health is offering free dental screenings and fluoride varnishes for any child ages 1 to 5.

Kari Plante, regional oral health specialist, will be available for walk-in dental appointments at San Juan Basin Public Health offices on:

March 5, April 2, and May 7 in Durango at 281 Sawyer Drive.March 19, April 23, and May 21 in Pagosa Springs at 502 S. Eighth St.Walk-ins are welcome from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The American Dental Association recommends kids get an oral screening by the age of 1.

If a baby has teeth, he or she can get cavities. It is important for children to get an early start on dental care and begin good habits at a young age to prevent damage and decay later in life.

All children ages 1 to 5 enrolled in the local Women, Infants, and Children program or on Medicaid are eligible for a free dental screening and fluoride varnish, either during their WIC appointment, or at any other day and time listed above.