(Editor’s Note: The following is an updated version of a story that appeared in last week’s View and Index. It includes correct address locations and phone numbers.)
GENESEE COUNTY— Mentioning the dentist to children usually brings up a variety of reactions — some recoil in horror at the mere thought of drills and cleanings, while others are eager for their next set of sparkly stickers and free brushing kit.
But on Feb. 18 the staff at Hamilton Community Health Network (HCHN) will ensure all of their patients come away with a positive experience and a healthier mouth by delivering quality dental services such as screenings and cleanings to children.
Jill Coulter, dental hygienist with HCHN, said National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) has been around since 1941 when the American Dental Association held its first one day event in Cleveland. The one day observance became a weeklong event in 1955 and in 1981 it was extended to be a monthlong celebration known as National Children’s Dental Health Month.
“In Michigan, for the last eight years, we have an outreach component within NCDHM called Give Kids a Smile campaign,” said Coulter. “It is expected that statewide over 15,000 kids will receive dental screenings, education and services in the month of February.”
In honor of “National Children’s Dental Health Month,” HCHN will do its part in teaching children how to develop sound oral care habits with fun, interactive activities and dental services.
Hamilton, said Coulter, will be providing services to children by appointment on Feb. 18 (President’s Day — when school is closed in observance of the holiday) at all three Hamilton Community Health Network dental locations:
• Dental North, G-5399 N. Saginaw St. Details: Call 810- 785-0863.
• Dental Main, 2900 N. Saginaw St. Details: Call 810- 789-9141.
• Burton Dental, G-3375 S. Saginaw St. Details: Call 810- 743-6830.
“Most of the kids (who come) are established patients, and while new kids can be apprehensive — they warm up to us quickly,” said Coulter.
HCHN is a federally funded community network first established in 1982 by St. Joseph’s Hospital (though under a different name). Its goal was to provide quality medical care for the underserved, and minority families in Flint community. Now, with a new name and several new locations in Genesee County, HCHN boasts an experienced team of staff members as well as a solid commitment to excellence. Their services range from primary care to general dentistry. All forms of dental insurance are accepted. — View staff