HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In partnership with Waikiki Health the Hawaii Dental Association Young Dentist Group held a free dental clinic for keiki at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Makahiki Medical and Dental Clinic.
Saturday dozens of keiki and their caregivers attended the 'Give Kids a Smile' event for dental screenings, teeth cleanings and topical fluoride treatments.
"Hawaii has the highest rate of decay," said Suzan Ly, dental director at Waikiki Health. "A part of that is because we don't have fluoride in the water and we have different cultural backgrounds here that really don't stress that dental care is important."
Besides teaching keiki about the importance of taking care of their teeth the event featured snacks, games and activities.
About 75 Hawaii dentists and other volunteers joined in to make the event possible.
Ly said preventive care is key and families should visit their dentist regularly so children can be comfortable during visits.
"As a community it's very important for us to come and get our regular check-up with our dentist," Ly said. "A lot of people don't realize they have cavities until it starts to hurt and especially with children they may not say it would hurt until it's really bad and by that time they have to have a tooth pulled."
Similar events will be held on the neighbor islands. For more information visit www.GiveKidsASmileHawaii.org.