MORGANTOWN \u2014 Children without dental insurance will be able to get treatment Friday.\r\nThe Monongalia County Health Department\u2019s full-service dental office will be once again holding Give Kids a Smile Day, according to a recent release.\r\nIt\u2019s participating in the American Dental Association\u2019s event for the ninth year.\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s an initiative by the ADA that encourages dentists to open up their offices to children the first Friday in February to provide dental care to children who don\u2019t have dental insurance,\u201d said Dr. Dan Carrier, director of MCHD Dentistry, Monongalia County Health Department\u2019s full-service dental office.\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s to help those kids with treatment and get the care they need, and it also raises awareness for the need for oral health in children.\u201d\r\nAccording to the press release, appointments can be made for children up to age 18, who do not have dental insurance. During a 30- to 40-minute appointment, children and teens will receive a dental checkup, a cleaning and a fluoride treatment with a dental hygienist, and will be seen by Carrier.\r\nThe ADA launched Give Kids a Smile Day in 2003 as a way for dental care providers to join with others in their communities to offer free dental services to underserved children.\r\nLast year, 64 children were seen during MCHD Dentistry\u2019s Give Kids a Smile event.\r\nGood oral health is vital for good overall health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cavities are one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood in the U.S. Untreated cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing and learning.\r\nIn addition to the checkup, children and their parents participating in Give Kids a Smile will also receive oral health education materials.\r\n\u201cWe\u2019ll have balloons and toothbrushes to give away,\u201d Carrier said. \u201cWe do everything we can to make it a positive, fun day for the kids.\u201d\r\nParents and guardians who plan to take their children to Give Kids a Smile should remember:\r\n<ul style="list-style-type: square;">\r\n \t<li>The event is only for children up to age 18 without dental insurance.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>The child must have an appointment.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Appointments are limited and are expected to fill up quickly.<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\nTo make an appointment for Give Kids a Smile, call 304-598-5108. Directions to MCHD Dentistry can be found on our website at monchd.org\/dentistry.