“Miles for Smiles” Road Race to support Dental Health Projects
with Healthy Acadia hosted by Island Dental Center
April 9, 2015

Island Dental Center in Stonington and Dental Associates in Ellsworth are pleased to host a road race, “Miles for Smiles,” to support Dental Health Projects with Healthy Acadia throughout the Downeast region. The race will take place on Saturday May 9 at Dental Associates, 325 Main Street in Ellsworth. Registration will open at 8 a.m. and the race will start at 9 a.m.

“We are excited to host the second annual “Miles for Smiles” road race to raise awareness about the importance of dental health and to support increased access and education throughout the region,” stated Dr. Wendy Alpaugh, dentist at Island Dental Center. “A healthy mouth is an essential part of a healthy body. Preventing oral diseases like cavities and gum disease makes so much sense. Good oral health can reduce the severity of periodontal disease, allows us to eat a healthy diet, and help keep us smiling! And keeping teeth healthy is much less costly than having them repaired or having gum treatments.”

One of the projects underway is to raise awareness about the importance of oral health for pregnant women and infants. “Pregnancy and infancy are a critical time to ensure good oral health for the mother and the baby,” stated Sandie Dubay of Healthy Acadia. “If a mother has a healthy mouth, her infant is more likely to have a healthy mouth. The decay-producing bacteria can spread from a parent to the baby. This can lead to early childhood cavities - a costly health problem which is often painful and embarrassing for the young child. It is important for parents to take good care of their own teeth as well as the teeth of their babies, and to see providers regularly. Finding dental health problems early makes treatment easier and less costly, and best of all is preventing problems before they start!”

For more information, or to register for the “Miles for Smiles” road race, contact Amanda at Island Dental Center: 367-2631 or islanddentalctr@myfairpoint.net. Registration forms can also be downloaded directly from Healthy Acadia’s website: www.healthyacadia.org/news