Keiki receive free dental screenings to learn about oral health

Local activities promoting National Children’s Dental Health Month continued Sunday at the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center in Kaka’ako.

Hawaii Dental Service and its “tooth fairy” helped keiki learn more about keeping their teeth healthy with free dental screenings and educational games.

HDS also presented a check to the Hawaii Primary Care Association and the state Dept. of Health for $137,501. President and CEO Mark Yamakawa said the money will help “start a screening program for third graders in our public and charter schools to help assess the dental health of the kids.

“The Pew Research Foundation did a study and we’re definitely way behind in terms of starting our kids in the right way,” he said. “We think that improving the way we care for them and getting them educated about oral health is so important, because there’s a connection with oral health and total body health as well.”

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