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Free Dentist by 1 Event

Posted on July 11, 2013 in Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

kids-smilingChildren in Illinois don’t see their family dentist on average until they are 3½ years old. A staggering 97% of parents were unaware that it’s recommended that a child should go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth comes in according to a 2012 American Academy of Pediatric Dentist survey.

Last year, Delta Dental of Illinois and its Foundation launched the Dentist By 1 campaign statewide to educate parents and caregivers about the benefits of taking their children to the dentist by age 1 and to encourage them to schedule a visit.

In support of this program, The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation in collaboration with Elgin Community College and Greater Elgin Family Care Center is providing a FREE, hands-on two day education session and community service event Thursday, August 8 and Friday, August 9. Day 1 will be an educational seminar for dentists on oral health evaluation of a young child. Day 2 will be a hands-on event open to children 5 years or younger. Dentists will be able to provide preventative and diagnostic care for children who stop by on a first come, first served basis.

Dentists with their dental team can learn more about the event and sign up here. If you're interested in having your child attend this free event you can learn more here. If you'd like to learn more about our Dentist by 1 program you can visit

Please contact Lora Vitek at if you have any questions on this event.