August 16, 2017

Mercy Medical Center provides dental health screenings to area children

Mercy Medical Center recently provided free dental screenings to about 200-Massilon area children, checking for dental health issues and providing toothbrushes and other dental hygiene items.

According to a recent report from the Ohio Department of Health, dental care remains the state’s No. 1 unmet health care need for children and low-income adults.

As part of Mercy’s efforts to combat these statistics, dentists with Mercy Dental Services provided free screenings last week at the Boys and Girls Club of Massillon to children attending summer programs. In addition to the screening, children received wellness bags containing items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss and brushing timers.

Free screenings are funded in part with a grant from the Greater Health Foundation of Massillon through the Stark Community Foundation. A portion of the grant also funds follow-up care at Mercy Dental Services for children who do not have insurance and are in financial need.

 “We are thrilled to partner with the Boys and Girls Club of Massillon and are expecting to screen around 200 children,” said Elaine Campbell, director of Mercy Development Foundation.

Mercy Medical Center is a Ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

Pictured is Dr. Laura Albrecht examining a child for cavities and other dental issues. Photo from

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