(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- With Hispanic Heritage Month around the corner, Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr. is joining Delta Dental Insurance Company and Navarro Discount Pharmacy for “La Feria de Sonrisitas” (The Fair of Little Smiles). The event is part of a two-month initiative to promote better dental health to children across Miami-Dade County by offering free screenings and oral education. The kick-off will be Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the Navarro Discount Pharmacy located at 4410 West 16th Avenue in Hialeah from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
According to the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, affecting nearly 60 percent of children. Of the 4 million children born each year, nearly half will get their first cavity by the time they reach second grade, according to estimates. For minorities and children from low-income families, the statistics are even grimmer.
Throughout the months of October and November, Delta Dental’s “La Feria de Sonrisitas” campaign will occur at 17 participating Navarro Pharmacy locations throughout South Florida. The events will feature games, food stands, coloring workshops, temporary tattoos, storytelling with the “Ratoncito Pérez” (the Hispanic equivalent of the Tooth Fairy), and free dental screenings to all attendees.
“What families may not realize is that poor dental health can lead to serious health problems later in life, such as heart disease. It’s important to teach children good dental hygiene now so they can avoid these issues as they get older,” said Commissioner Bovo. “Information is key, and I’m happy to support this event in my district to better educate families on how to lead happy and healthy lives.”
For more information on the campaign, please visit www.feriadesonrisitas.com.