May 25, 2017

Dental clinics for children available this summer

by Pete Rosenbery

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. 

Each of the eight clinics is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. No new patients will be accepted after 1:30 p.m. 

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 15 – Murphysboro: Murphysboro Youth and Recreation Center, 1818 W. Walnut St.
  • June 22 – Cobden: Cobden First Baptist Church, 200 S. Walker St.
  • June 29 – Murphysboro: Murphysboro High School, 50 Blackwood Drive
  • July 6 – Marion: Boyton Street Community Center, 501 W. Boyton St.
  • July 20 -- Pinckneyville: Perry County Health Department, 907 S. Main St.
  • July 27 – Pinckneyville: Perry County Health Department, 907 S. Main St.
  • July 28 – Carbondale: Bethel A.M.E. Church, 314 E. Jackson St.
  • Aug. 3 – Murphysboro: Jackson County Health Department, 415 Health Department Road 

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