Free dental care for kids offered

Next month, members of the Toledo Dental Society will provide free dental care for hundreds of Northwest Ohio children at three locations, including Owens Community College.

The annual Give Kids a Smile program. is intended to help families who otherwise could not afford dental care for their children. All children are welcomed, but priority will be given to children who have no private insurance and are not eligible for Medicaid.

Dentists and hygienists will provide the care for children up to and including age 18, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Appointments fill quickly.

Locations:

Feb. 3: Dental Center of Northwest Ohio 2138 Madison Ave., Toledo. Call 567-400-2024. University of Toledo Department of Dentistry 2109 Hughes Drive, at Toledo Hospital, sixth floor, Jobst Tower. Call 419-291-7208.

Feb. 6: Owens Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic, second floor of Health Technology Hall, 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg. Call 567-661-7294.

Feb. 7: Owens Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic. Call: 567-661-7294.

Nearly one in four children aged 2 to 11 has untreated cavities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Poor diet and lack of adequate oral hygiene are largely responsible.