February kicks off National Dental Health Month across America and right here in South Jersey lots of kids are getting free dental care.
One by one these kids are opening wide and getting all of their teeth in tip top shape.
Ben Stiteler says he was a little nervous coming in, but in the end it wasn't so bad after all.
"I had to get this tooth right here gauze on it cause it was going to decay so I needed it," Stiteler said.
Ben is just one of many who came in this Northfield office for free dental care Friday morning.
Dental students in their last year were on hand to practice their skills in what the American Dental Association calls give kids a smile day. They did everything from cleanings to fillings to fluoride and sealant treatments.
"I have to get some cavities filled. I ate to much candy," one girl said.
"It's a win–win for everybody. We try and give the kids a good experience and help the parents figure out what they can do at home," dental student, Joshua Robbins said.
With so many out of work and without dental insurance, experts say there is an epidemic of untreated oral disease in America right now and it's hitting home right here in South Jersey.
"Unfortunately we have major medical, but we don't have dental or eye so this was a perfect opportunity to come in and get some dental work done," Ben Sobel said.
Ben says he got some good advice from his dentist.
"How to floss. You put it up here when your hear it click you stop and then brush in circles and when you hit the gum a little bit when you brush," Stiteler said.
In light of National Dental Health Month experts say it's crucial for everyone to take their oral hygiene seriously.
"In tough times people tend to neglect dentistry but dentistry is the root of a lot of other health problems. Not only for children but for adults so if there is a way they can find a way to do some dentistry they should do it," Linda Stote said.
This free dental day takes place the first Friday of every February.