When was the last time you took your child to the dentist?

It may not be fun, but it’s essential – and on Saturday, March 12, you can have your kids’ teeth checked for free.

UNC Walk For Health is joining forces with Piedmont Health Services to offer free dental screenings that day for kids ages 5-17. “Dental Health Day” will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Carrboro Community Health Center at 301 Lloyd Street. Dentists Katrina Mattison-Chalwe and Heidi Cook will provide cleanings, exams, flouride treatments and more.

Organizers say it’s important to maintain good dental health, particularly at a young age – especially because your dental health affects your overall health. (Research has linked poor dental health to a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease, among other things.)

William Thorpe of UNC Walk For Health and Debra Markley of Piedmont Health Services joined Aaron Keck on WCHL last week.


Space is limited for Dental Health Day, so if you want to bring your children for free screenings, you’ll need to sign up in advance: call 919-593-1093 to make a reservation.