By Sarah Lindenfeld Hall, Go Ask Mom editor
An Apex dentist will be offering free dental exams and cleanings for kids ages 3 to 12 on Saturday.
Peak City Family Dentistry will be hosting a "check and shine" event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 10, at the office at 103 S. Salem St., in downtown Apex.
If you’d like an exam for your child on Saturday, you’ll need to schedule an appointment. The office will not be taking any walk-ins. To schedule an appointment, call 919-362-8797.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 20 percent of kids ages 5 to 11 have at least one untreated decayed tooth. About 13 percent of kids ages 12 to 19 have at least one cavity. The percentage of children and adolescents aged 5 to 19 years with untreated tooth decay is twice as high for those from low-income families compared with children from higher-income households, according to the center.
The federal agency shared these tips to ensure your kids’ teeth stay healthy:
Protect your child’s teeth with fluoride. Use fluoride toothpaste. If your child is younger than age 6, watch your child brush their teeth. Make sure your child only uses a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and always spits it out rather than swallows it. If your child is younger than age 2, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless your doctor or dentist tells you to. Talk to your pediatrician, family doctor, nurse, or dentist about putting fluoride varnish on your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears in the mouth. If your drinking water is not fluoridated, ask your dentist, family doctor, or pediatrician if your child needs oral fluoride supplements, like drops, tablets, or lozenges. Talk to your child’s dentist about dental sealants. Sealants protect teeth from decay. Have your child visit a dentist for a first checkup by age 1, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.