The community health center in Norwalk will offer free dental treatments to children without insurance for its annual "Give Kids a Smile Day" on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 pm.
The event's coordinator says its the fifth year local dentists will join the Norwalk Community Health Center to give free cleanings, oral exams, sealants, fillings, fluoride treatments and dental education for children without insurance or with HUSKY insurance.
"The biggest thing that we try to do is try to get as many kids that haven't had that chance to visit the dentist and because of money situations. Usually the uninsured don't really come to see the dentist as often."
The American Dental Association (ADA) began the Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) program in 2002 and since then Community Health Centers across the state have been giving low income families health care. Dental hygienist Julie Zureta says cavities are the most common problem among children every year.
"A lot of cavities in kids. Not too rampant. When you see rampant decay, its passed-restorable teeth. They have to get them pulled, but a lot of kids just come in and it's really good for the parents who are maybe between having insurance right now and it just helps them out."
Organizors say last year about 55 children showed up. Registration is open by appointment for children up to 18 years old.