Young & Healthy Sponsors Free Dental Clinic for Children


Young & Healthy, a Pasadena-based nonprofit dedicated to children’s health, will sponsor a free dental clinic for children who qualify, from Friday, Feb. 23, to March 1. This annual event provides free dental care to children in Greater Pasadena — including Altadena, South Pasadena and Sierra Madre — who lack dental insurance.
“Many of our visitors — including teens — are seeing a dentist for the first time,” said Young & Healthy Executive Director Mary Donnelly-Crocker.
Each year, Young & Healthy enlists the USC Mobile Dental Clinic to come to Pasadena and serve its client base.
“For a full week, children who do not have health insurance can have their teeth examined, cavities filled and even extensive dental services met,” Donnelly-Crocker said.
The services provided include diagnostic (X-rays), preventative (fluoride treatments, scaling, sealing, etc.), restorative (fillings, pulpotomies and crowns) and surgical procedures (root planing, root removals and extractions).
Though the dental clinic is free, appointments are mandatory in advance of the clinic dates, as enrollment is limited to 120 children. No walk-in clients can be assisted. Parents can determine if their child or children qualify for the clinic and can make an appointment by calling Young & Healthy at (626) 795-5166 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The clinic will be held at Altadena Elementary School in Altadena.
The USC Mobile Dental Clinic does require a fee for visiting the community. Each year, Young & Healthy raises money from private donors, foundations and other sources to meet this cost. There will be a hosted lunch for all participants and volunteers organized by Young & Healthy’s Alliance. This year the Pasadena Lion’s Club mobile vision van will also be joining on Saturday. For more information about Young & Healthy, contact Whitney Harrison, program director, at (626) 795-5166.