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Toothprints will help ID children

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. All Kids Dental announced it will hold “Toothprint Day” Friday.A Toothprint is a thermoplastic wafer that records the size and shape of a child’s teeth. It serves as an accurate method of identification for law enforcement or other community-sponsored child identification programs. Dr. Robert Henry plans to see 500 children for free tooth print impressions on Friday, Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is open to all children ages 3 to 6, and reservations must be made by calling All Kids Dental at 928-9500.”Hopefully, not one of the impressions I take will ever be used,” Henry said in a news release. “But, if the need arises, prompt response with photographs and other concrete identifiers, such as dental impressions, is paramount to identifying or recovering a lost or abducted child. It is our goal and obligation to provide state-of-the-art dental care to the families of the Roaring Fork Valley, so we are not charging for this service.” It is recommended that initial teeth impressions be taken soon after age 3 when all primary teeth are in, updated at age 7 or 8 when permanent front teeth and molars have come in, and then again at 12 or 13 when all permanent teeth have come in. “The procedure is very simple,” said Henry. “The child bites into the soft wafer for 50 seconds, and after a 2-3 minute hardening period, the wafer can be safely handled, marked with the child’s name and date, and taken home to store in the freezer for safekeeping.” Also present during Toothprint Day will be Dr. Matthew Burt, one of the only Spanish-speaking dentists in the Roaring Fork Valley, and the only Spanish-speaking pediatric dentist, according to a news release. Burt will assist Spanish-speaking patients and families in the Toothprint process.For more information, call 928-9500, or visit. http://www.allkidsdental.com.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO


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