The Millstone Times January 2020


Local dentists, Dr. Elisa Velazquez & her team from Ocean Pediatric Dental Associ- ates, will provide one day of free preventive and emergency pediatric dental care and, if necessary, make referrals for continuing treatment for children ages 12 and under as part of National Children’s Dental Health Month (CDHM). The one-day program, called Give Kids a Smile! (GKAS), will take place on Friday, February 7, 2020, and is part of the American Dental Association’s (ADA) annual push to bring attention to the number one childhood disease, tooth decay. Dental Decay is more common than common childhood diseases including asthma. “Giving back to the community that has supported my practice is so important,” says Dr. Velazquez. “This program, in its 16th year, will touch the lives of so many of NJ’s children who need dental care, but cannot afford it. I am proud to be a part of it,” she said. Children who come to Ocean Pediatric Dental Associates (OPDA) on that Friday will receive a comprehensive dental exam, dental cleaning, oral healthcare instruction, flu- oride treatments, and free dental hygiene materials including toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste. The dentists and staff of OPDA are donating their time to help the children of Ocean County. Helping families in Ocean County with NO insurance or with state insurance is the goal of Ocean Pediatric Dental Associates. In New Jersey, over 4,000 children visited participating sites last February. For 2020, OPDA will be prepared to treat 100 children for FREE to improve their oral health. Ocean Pediatric Dental Associates has 3 locations (Toms River, Manahawkin, & Cream Ridge) and the board certified pediatric dentists provide comprehensive pediatric dental care, sedation dentistry, orthodontics, invisalign and special needs dentistry for all kids. The site for GIVE KIDS A SMILE is 368 Lakehurst Road suite 305 Toms River, NJ. Contact the office at 732-473-1123 to schedule an appointment or visit www.oceanpe- for information on all our services.


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January 2020

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