Giving kids a smile

Mengchi Steven Yang, DDS, with a young dental patient.

As part of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the Matheny Center of Medicine and Dentistry (MCMD) will provide free preventive dental screenings and education and, if necessary, make referrals for continuing treatment for children ages 12 and under with special needs.  The one-day program, called Give Kids a Smile, will take place at Matheny on Tuesday, February 10. It’s part of the American Dental Association’s (ADA) annual push to bring attention to the No. 1 childhood disease—tooth decay.

“Giving back to the community is so important,” says Mengchi Steven Yang, DDS, the MCMD’s dentist. “This program, more than a decade old, will touch the lives of so many of New Jersey’s special needs children. I am proud to be a part of it.”

Children who come to the Matheny Center of Medicine and Dentistry on February 10 will receive a dental screening, oral health care instruction, fluoride treatments and free dental hygiene materials, including toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste. To make an appointment, parents should call 908.234.0011, ext. 785.

Last February, in New Jersey alone, more than 2,800 children visited 121 dental sites across the state. Give Kids a Smile is supported by Colgate, Henry Schein Dental, Delta Dental of New Jersey and private donations.

The Matheny Center of Medicine and Dentistry specializes in providing health care for people with mild to severe developmental and intellectual disabilities in an outpatient setting. Dental services and treatments include x-rays, cleanings, treatment of cavities, extractions, restorative dentistry, oral surgery and root canals. Services are provided in partnership with the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.