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Neighborhood Healthcare, a nonprofit community health center, will host a free dental screening, sealant and varnish clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 for infants, children and teenagers at Neighborhood Healthcare's Ray M. Dickinson Wellness Center located at 425 N. Date St. in Escondido.

Between 300 and 400 children will receive care thanks to the collaboration of efforts between Neighborhood Healthcare, San Diego County Dental Society, Dental Health Initiative/Share the Care, First 5 San Diego and a dedicated volunteer team of San Diego dentists, hygienists and dental assistants.

The Saturday event will provide each child with a free dental screening and a fluoride varnish application or dental sealants. Fluoride varnish is fluoride that is a painted on all surfaces of all teeth. Dental sealants are a special coating painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The free clinic will give children an opportunity to receive care regardless of their families' financial situations.

Prizes, games, face painting, arts and crafts as well as a visit from the tooth fairy and healthy trick or treating will take place to entertain the families while they wait their turn to see a dentist. Community resource information will be available, and assistance will be provided to complete the Oral Health Assessment Forms for children entering kindergarten.

Walk-ins are accepted, but priority is given to those with appointments. For an appointment, please call 619-692-8858 by Friday, Oct. 4.

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Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson 3:08pm September 24, 2013

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