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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so “Turn on Your Smile Power.” The Second District Dental Society and American Dental Association will present events throughout Brooklyn to heighten awareness of the importance of dental care and ensure that children have healthy smiles.

“Give Kids A Smile Day” will be launched at the New York City College of Technology Department of Dental Hygiene, 300 Jay Street, with Senior Dental Hygiene students providing oral health evaluation, cleanings, topical fluoride treatment and sealant placement; call 718-260-5070.

The New York Methodist Hospital Division of Dental Medicine Program, 506 Sixth Street, will provide oral evaluations, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and mouth guard construction for sports related groups; call 718-780-5410.

The Colgate Bright Smile-Bright Future Van will perform oral evaluation and dental health presentations at Brookdale Hospital’s Dental Department, 1 Brookdale Plaza; call 718-240-6281.

Dental Health Day will be observed February 8 at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, and features the “Trade in Toothbrush Campaign,” Colgate’s Bright Smile’s Bright Future Van for free dental screenings, live production with an Oral Health Theme, and dissemination of oral health literature and coloring books.

Additionally, Dr. Reneida E. Reyes, pediatric dentist, will lecture on techniques to ensure your child’s healthy smile; call 718-735-4400.

And, in cooperation with the NYSDA, and in honor of February 25 being designated as Sugarless Wednesday, school-aged students in pre-school-12th grades are invited to participate in the “Keeping Smiles Brighter” contest to teach and motivate children to maintain good oral health habits.

Design a placemat with a dental health message. All entries must be on paper or poster board no larger than 10”x 17.” For more, go to and

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