Free Dental Hygiene event for kids under age 5 set for July 31 at ICC

Illinois Central College Dental Hygiene Program will partner with the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the Peoria City/County Health Department and the Children’s Hospital of Illinois to provide children age 5 and younger a free day of dental care. The event will be held Friday, July 31, from 8 am to 2 pm, at the ICC Downtown Campus, Thomas Building Room 105L, located at 201 SW Adams St. in Peoria.

The event is part of the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundations’ “Dentist By 1” program, which educates caregivers about the benefits of having children visit the dentist by age 1.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to schedule free exams, which will include cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants and x-rays. The free exams will be conducted by local dentists with the support of students in the ICC Dental Hygiene Program. The exams may satisfy the mandatory dental screening for kindergarten registration.

“We are pleased to partner with the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation to provide free care to Illinois children,” said Cathleen Korondi, dental hygiene program director at ICC. “As a dental professional, I see firsthand the need for oral health care in our state and how tooth decay – a largely preventable disease – can affect a child’s overall well-being. Through this event, we hope to provide education about preventive care and reduce the amount of tooth decay among our youngest patients.”

During the community service event, Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s Tooth Wizard and PlaqueMan from the “Land of Smiles” oral health education program will interact with children and their caregivers, educating them about good oral health habits. Each child will also receive an oral health kit with a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste and a dental care instructional sheet in English and Spanish.

Appointments are strongly recommended and may be scheduled by calling (630) 718-4764 or by emailing Lora Vitek at [email protected]. Deadline for scheduling appointments is Friday, July 24.