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Dr. Shirley offers free Oral Cancer screenings at Bloomingdale Family Days Fair

My goal as a dentist is to not only treat and diagnose teeth in a comfortable and welcoming environment, but to also educate and reach out to my community. Giving back feels great but also means a lot to people who need the services. On Sep. 15th, 2014 I was invited to participate in the Bloomingdale Family Days Fair which is held annually by the Columbus Amsterdam BID. (www.)

I was able to set up a booth next to other medical practices in the neighborhood so it was nice to converse with other medical professionals. At my booth I offered free oral cancer screenings. Oral cancer screenings are especially important if you are a smoker. I stepped away from the booth a few times to give some of the children Xylitol lollipops. Xylitol is a natural occurring sugar alcohol, which doesn’t promote tooth decay. The best part is that parents can’t even tell the difference between a lollipop made of sugar and one of Xylitol. I even had parents come up to me and say “Are you SURE these don’t have sugar in them?” Xylitol is what I recommend to parents who tell me their child has a sweet tooth but want to make sure they don’t develop cavities.

It was such a beautiful day to have a street fair; the weather was perfect and the live band was excellent. I really enjoyed educating the community about oral health and the importance of regular dental check ups. Make sure to visit Columbusamserdambid.com for events happening from 96th-100th Street!