CVS/pharmacy's "Project Health" Campaign Helps to Raise Awareness about Oral Health for Houston-Area Schoolchildren

Style News Wire | 10/23/2012, 5:27 p.m.
A recent study appearing in the September 2012 issue of the American Journal of Public Health cited poor oral health, ...

American Journal of Public Health cited poor oral health, dental disease and tooth pain as putting kids at a serious disadvantage in school.  According to the article, dental problems can result in lower grades for kids due to more absences from school, and more missed work for parents.  An important factor effecting children missing school due to dental health issues was the accessibility of dental care.

In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of oral health care, CVS/pharmacy®, the nation's leading retail pharmacy, will be offering free dental exams to 5,000 school children who are over the age of seven and their families in the Houston area during National Dental Hygiene Month. This initiative is part of CVS/pharmacy’s Project Health/ (“Proyecto Salud” in Spanish) campaign, which is connecting 50,000 school children in 10 U.S. cities to free dental care exams. CVS/pharmacy® will have dentists and/or dental hygienists at select CVS/pharmacy® locations providing free dental exams.  CVS/pharmacy’s Project Health aims to prevent disease through early detection by bringing free health screenings to local communities, with a focus on helping African Americans and Hispanics on their path to better health.

More than 20 CVS/pharmacy® stores in the Houston area will be participating. The Project Health free dental events will be held at select CVS/pharmacy® locations on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in October, from 2 – 6 pm, with no appointment necessary.  For a complete listing of participating stores or more information on the free dental exams and Project Health, visit www.cvs.com/projecthealth.