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Sink Your Teeth Into Harlem Week Children's Festival

New York Dentists Will Be On Hand to Offer Free Oral Health Exams

On Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st, dentists from New York County, Bronx County, Queens County and Second District dental societies will be at the 2011 Harlem Week Children’s Festival to offer free oral health screenings to hundreds of children and their families.

This year’s oral health screenings are sponsored by the New York Dental Foundation in partnership with volunteer dentists from the New York, Bronx, and Queens County dental societies.

“Oral health care is crucial to general health,” says Dr. Chad Gehani, President of the New York State Dental Association. “There are many diseases that first manifest in the oral cavity and often the dentist is the first health care provider to observe certain changes which may have otherwise gone undetected.”

Every year the New York City Harlem Week Children’s Festival offers families two days of cultural enlightenment, healthcare awareness, and the opportunity for many to receive educational scholarships.

The New York Dental Foundation encourages adults and children of all ages to take advantage of the free screenings. Children under 18 years of age should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. According to Dr. Gehani, “Volunteer dentists giving the screenings will also refer patients who require further care to a dentist in their area. Our dentists are eager to participate in the Children’s Festival and hope providing the families of Harlem with free oral health screenings will become a regular scheduled event during Harlem Week.”

The free screenings will take place under the blue canopies in the schoolyard at PS School 175, 135th Street, between Adam Clayton Powel Jr. Blvd. and Malcolm X Blvd. on Saturday, August 20th from noon to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, August 21st, from noon to 7:00 p.m.

The New York State Dental Foundation, which was incorporated in 1980, was established to foster a statewide approach to the advancement of the art and science of dentistry and dental education and to improve the quality of dental care. For more information visit: