Have A Heart Day will provide free dental care to local youth

Waukon Dental and Family Dentistry Associates of Monona are hosting their 29th Annual and Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien, P.C. is hosting its 25th Annual Have A Heart Day.

For close to 30 years, free dental care has been provided in the local area through this event. Have a Heart Day focuses on serving area youth, ages four to 18 who have not recently seen a dentist, to receive free dental work.

This year, Have A Heart Day will be held Saturday, February 9 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Through this annual event, many doctors and staff have felt impacted by the effect this day can have on a child’s health and on the community as a whole. While this event is during Valentine’s season, it also is celebrated during one of the most important dental months, National Children’s Dental Health Month.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, more than 50% of children will be affected by tooth decay before the age of five. Instilling good oral health habits at an early age, as well as scheduling regular dental visits, helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Have A Heart Day is free of charge and requires no financial proof. Children ages four to 18 who have not recently seen a dentist will be able to receive a complete dental examination and consultation. Cavity detecting x-rays, fillings, extractions and sealants are also possible services provided on this day.

The doctors and staff encourage local youth and families to take advantage of this opportunity or alert others they know who may benefit. The dental offices feel strongly about this free service that allows children to be seen now and also teaches and encourages proper oral hygiene to be continued, as it can impact the children’s future health.

Due to time and room constraints, Waukon Dental, Family Dentistry Associates of Monona and Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien, P.C. may have to limit the number of services per patient. To ensure a visit, call ahead and make an appointment at one of the three locations listed above.

“We look forward to providing dental services to those who for whatever reason have been unable to have their dental needs met in the past. We have four doctors, plus many of our dental team members, working this day so that we can see more people on our annual Have A Heart Day,” said Dr. Mark Fohey.

To schedule an appointment, call one of the dental offices today: Waukon Dental at 563-568-4528, Family Dentistry Associates of Monona at 563-539-4651 or Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien, P.C. at 608-326-6886.

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