Free dental care offered through Indian health group

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Uninsured children ages 1-17 can get free preventative and/or restorative dental treatment at the Northern Valley Indian Health clinics in Woodland and Red Bluff Saturday Feb. 1. The free care, part of the annual Give Kids A Smile Campaign, is hosted by Northern Valley Indian Health, a private non-profit tribal corporation founded by several Northern California tribes in 1971 to provide health services for Native Americans. Saturday's events are open to all children in need, said spokesman Doug Elmets. "About 65 percent of the patients who go to Northern Valley Indian Health clinics are non-Indian."

First-come first-served on-site registration runs from 7:30 am to noon Saturday at the Northern Valley Indian Health Woodland Clinic, 175 West Court Street, Woodland CA 95695. For more information call 530-661-4400. On site registration at the Northern Valley Indian Health Red Bluff Clinic runs from 8-11 a.m. at 2500 Main St., Red Bluff, CA 96080. For more information, call 530-529-2567.

Both events will provide free exams throughout the afternoon with the help of community volunteers. "It's critical that we work together to raise awareness about the importance of oral health," said Inder Wadhwa, Executive Director of Northern Valley Indian Health. Families in attendance will also receive information on oral health and nutrition. For more information on medical, dental and pediatric services go to

Give Kids A Smile free events will be held in at the NVIH Chico Clinic, 845 W. East Ave., Chico CA 95926 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Feb. 8, and at the NVIH Willows Clinic, 207 Butte St., Willows, CA 95988 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Feb. 22.

Call The Bee’s Stephen Magagnini, (916) 321-1072.

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