By Noah Alatza
Dr. Jason Flannagan’s Westfield dental practice has participated in giving children without insurance a clean smile for the past 15 years.
As part of the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile initiative, Flannagan is one 10,000 dentists who annually help underserved children receive free oral health services. More than 5.5 million children have received services since the program’s inception in 2003, according to the ADA.
Flannagan’s practice will provide the free services Feb. 1.
“We have been participating in Children’s Dental Day for 15 years and running,” Flannagan said. “It is something as a dental health care provider I’ve always found joy in doing each year. Our office enjoys volunteering their time and dedicating the day to the children of our community. There is no better feeling than being able to work as a team, giving back and making a difference.”
Cheryl Scharff, patient coordinator for First Impressions Family Dental Care, 522 Ind. 32, said patients must call for an appointment before Feb. 1. Slots are on a first-come, first-served basis.
“There are a few offices, but not a whole lot are involved in this program,” Scharff said. “We will offer dental education, cleanings, exams, fluoride and sealants, but no fillings.”
First Impressions is partnering with the adjacent Growing Grins Pediatric Dentistry, 526 Ind. 32, for children ages 0 to 8. For children 9 to 18, First Impressions will take care of those appointments, Scharff said.
Scharff said in past years the day has been fully booked, but there are still several openings. The free oral care will be provided from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Anyone without a cavity can enter to win a drawing for free ice cream donated by Culver’s in Westfield. All work is voluntary.
For more, visit firstimpressionsdental.com. To schedule an appointment, call 317-867-5511.