130 kids get free dental treatments



Central Park: During Children’s Dental Health Day on Feb. 2, 130 kids with no dental insurance were treated and examined at Clark College’s Dental Hygiene clinic. That’s fewer than the 200 children typically served during recent years of the annual event for uninsured children from limited-income families. But Melody Scheer, health systems program coordinator for Clark County Public Health, believes the decreased attendance was the result of more children having insurance. “Which is great news,” she said. The Clark County Dental Society works with Clark College, county Public Health, the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington and other organizations to put on the event, now in its seventh year. Peter Lubisich from Vancouver Pediatric Dentistry led the Children’s Dental Health Day efforts this year. Services provided during the day — including extractions, X-rays and sealants — were covered by grants from Ronald McDonald House Charities, Scheer said.