Plaza College Community Health Clinic offering free dental service for kids

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The Plaza College Community Health Dental Clinic will be offering its services for free to kids between the ages of 2 and 17 from June 20 to July 15, on behalf of Shiny Teeth of Queens.

Children who come in for services, hosted by the Student Dental Hygiene Program, will receive a goody bag and certificate of participation. The Plaza College Community Health Clinic, where the event will take place, is located at 118-35 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills.

Among the free services that will be available for the kids are dental cleanings and exams, fluoride treatments, pit and fissure sealants and x-rays. Additionally, parents or guardians are encouraged to schedule dental appointments there along with their children. They also have the option to bring in the school dental exam forms for their children, as they can be signed off.

Parents and guardians who sign their children up for an appointment prior to June 22 can be entered into a raffle. The winner receives a gift basket with items from Oral-B, Colgate and Crest. Dental insurance is not required when making the appointment.

All appointments must be made ahead of time, as the clinic does not accept walk-in appointments. Appointments can be made by email at shinyteeth@plazacollege.edu or via phone by calling (718) 779-1432. The clinic is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Patients are required to provide either a proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 24 hours in order to be treated. Additionally, patients and parents or legal guardians are required to wear masks as they enter the clinic. Parents or guardians are required to accompany their children to the appointment. They will also have their temperature taken and must fill out a COVID questionnaire. A telephone consultation will occur between the dental hygienist who will work on the child and the parents or guardians prior to the scheduled appointment date.

According to Plaza College’s Community Dental Clinic, they accept all patients who request dental hygiene services without qualifying criteria. In addition to cleanings, exams, fluoride treatments, sealants and X-rays, the clinic also offers teeth desensitizing treatment, teeth whitening, dental education and sports guards. They can also provide referrals outside their scope, such as for medications, emergency procedures, oral surgery, fillings, orthodontics or endodontics.

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