Ticonderoga Free dental health screening services will be available to Ticonderoga children.
A group of dental professionals will volunteer their time to do the free screenings Nov. 4 and 7 at Ticonderoga Elementary School.
Karin Bogart, Debbie Mandy, Karen Costello and Julie McGinness, all register dental hygienists, will conduct the program.
Parental permission is required for students to receive the screenings. Permission slips have been sent home with children.
“We feel that it is extremely important for children to learn good dental health habits at an early age,” Mandy said, explaining the volunteer effort. “The need is based on the lack of providers that are accepting Medicaid insurance benefits in Essex County. Many children are without access to regular dental care.”
Dental screenings used to be regular events at area schools. That program ended in 2004, though, because of budget cuts.
Mandy said the hygienist will be especially concerned with children in need of immediate dental care.
Free oral hygiene kits will be given out to each student participating. The kits will include a toothbrush, floss and educational information.
Mandy said the screening process is being supported by Dr. Dean Cook of Adirondack Dental in Ticonderoga and other dental professionals.