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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month — a prime opportunity to offer parents tips on caring for their children’s smiles. On Saturday, Feb. 7, Kaiser Permanente Northwest is partnering with the American Dental Association to offer free sealants, fluoride varnishes and immunizations for low-income, uninsured and underinsured children 18 years old and younger at seven Kaiser dental offices from Salem, Ore., to Longview, Wash.


In Hillsboro, the clinic is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente Sunset Dental Office, 19075 N.W. Tanasbourne Drive, Suite 300.

This opportunity is open to the public, with no Kaiser Permanente affiliation expected or required.

The clinics will take place on Feb. 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Care will be provided on a first come, first-served basis, with no advance registration required.

In addition to oral health preventive services, Kaiser will offer free vaccinations at these seven locations. In Oregon, children who haven’t received their immunizations by Feb. 18 can’t attend school.

Early childhood tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic childhood illness, more common than asthma. A quarter of low-income children have untreated tooth decay, and one-fifth have rampant decay, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry cites fluoride as the most effective measure of preventing tooth decay.

“We are proud to do our part to help stop these preventable problems,” said Mary Ann Albright, dental communications consultant for Kaiser Permanente.

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