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Borrego Health Launches Anti-Cavity Campaign in Coachella Valley
Date:6/11/2013

BORREGO SPRINGS, CA (PRWEB) June 11, 2013

Borrego Health, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation and a Federally Qualified Health Center in partnership with First 5 Riverside, is launching several community events to prevent childhood caries and to promote regular preventive oral health visits for children. These events are designed to inform community stakeholders and dental providers about the importance of early and continuous oral health visits. This series is made possible with funding from First 5 Riverside.

The second event of the series titled “Preventing and treating early childhood caries: What every dentist ought to know!” will be held on June 13, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences in Eisenhower Medical Center, located at 39000 Bob Hope Drive Rancho Mirage, CA. 92270. There is no cost to attend the event and participating providers will receive two continuing education credits. Dinner will be provided.

Dr. Jan Ellis, DDS, the keynote speaker, has more than a decade of experience developing and maintaining more than 45 dental practices in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. With an estimated 60,000 low-income children screened during her career, she will present proven strategies for preventing and treating early childhood caries in low-income populations.

The series is part of the organization's efforts to improve overall oral health outcomes for children in Coachella Valley. According to a 2010 report by the Health Assessment Resource Center (HARC), approximately 20,000 or 45% of children 0-5 in Eastern Riverside County had never been to a dentist. Dentists recommend that children visit a dental provider within the first six months of their first tooth surfacing. In Eastern Riverside, approximately 70% of children had not seen a dentist during this time frame.

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