Starting Kids Along the Path to a Lifetime of Good Dental Health

Kids HealthLinkMINT HILL, NORTH CAROLINA— We understand the importance of being good community stewards, so we were excited to take part in an event last month designed to help keep children healthy.

Dr. Bevin Malley, a Charlotte pediatric dentist, conducted free dental checkups Sept. 22 during Kids HealthLink and Big Shots Saturday. The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools presented this free festival at the Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology in Charlotte.

“It was a great time, and we were able to provide health assessments to numerous needy children in our community,” Dr. Malley says. “It was a rewarding experience, to say the least.”

This was the seventh year for the event, which provided free health evaluations that included vision, hearing and dental checkups to the public. Children also were able to receive immunizations during the event.

Kids HealthLink helps forward the Junior League’s Healthy Child Initiative, which is a multi-year commitment to increasing awareness about children’s health issues, especially in the areas of dental, mental and physical health.

Dr. Malley is a supporter of the dental health arm of the Healthy Child Initiative, which seeks to provide education and awareness to the community regarding the dental health issues that face children from infancy to age 17. The initiative also is working to implement programs in cooperation with community partners that focus on preventive dental care, according to the Junior League of Charlotte’s website. Finally, the group has a goal of encouraging continued dialog about children’s dental health needs in an effort to foster long-term solutions.

It is estimated that about 1,000 people received services during this year’s event. For more information on this event and the Healthy Child Initiative, we invite you to visit the Junior League’s website: