June 18, 2015

SIU providing free dental services to children

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- There are several opportunities this summer for children in the region to receive free preventive dental services through the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Dental Sealant Grant Program. 

The clinics are for children from three to 17 years old. Services will include exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants performed by senior dental hygiene students. The exam fulfills state requirements for children who will be entering kindergarten, second and sixth grade this fall. There is no fee for the dental services. Children who are members of the “AllKids” program should bring their medical card. 

The clinics are:

  • June 24-25 -- Pinckneyville, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Perry County Health Department, 907 S. Main St.
  • June 30-July 1 -- Marion, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Boyton Street Community Center, 501 W. Boyton St.
  • July 7 -- Murphysboro, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Murphysboro Youth and Rec Center, 1818 Walnut St.
  • July 8 -- Murphysboro, Murphysboro High School, 50 Blackwood Drive. 

For more information, contact Natalie Richardson, a dental hygienist in SIU Carbondale’s School of Allied Health, at 618/453-7223.