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Oklahoma dentists promote healthy teeth for back-to-school

The Oklahoma Dental Association is holding its Back to School with a Healthy Smile program beginning Sept. 8.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: August 6, 2014

The Oklahoma Dental Association’s second Back to School with a Healthy Smile program will provide Oklahoma children with free dental screenings the week of Sept. 8.

More than 51 million school hours are lost every year because of dental-related illnesses, according to the association. Left untreated, dental decay can cause pain, problems with eating and sleeping and prevent students from focusing.

Oklahoma dentists will volunteer their time to provide free screenings to elementary schoolchildren throughout the week. Each dentist’s schedule can be found on the association’s website at

“I believe children with a healthy smile do better in school and in life,” said Dr. Jamie Belknap, of Norman Smile Center. “Back to School with a Healthy Smile is a wonderful opportunity for elementary children to receive a free smile checkup close to home and begin a new school year on the right track. ODA dentists and staff love seeing these kids — this is a special, fun time for all involved.”

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