Free dental checkups on Friday with Kokua SmilesUPDATED 8:45 AM HST Jul 18, 2014Video Transcript
check-ups today -- it's all part of the first annual ''Ko-kua Smiles event.'' KITV 4's Ashley Moser is live with the details. Ashley? Ann - about 30% of families can't afford dental care or may have difficulties getting care here in Hawaii care. But an event today is trying to change that. Joining me now is with more Dr. Hirose and Dr. Uperesa. Good Morning! Biggest issues with dental care here in Hawaii? - Time and money. Most people have to take off of work to go to the dentist. That can mean lost pay the day or missing school.Our office is open 7 days a week and have early morning and late afternoon week day appointments available. That makes it easier for patients to come in. Cost is a big part in dental care too. With more preventive care measures in place then more serious, more costly procedures could be avoided. What should children be prepared for? - Just us taking a look in their mouths and seeing if they have any "owe- wee" teeth. If so then we take a picture to see how we can help them. Also a cleaning of their teeth This is happening at two locations: here at Dental care of Pearlridge and also Dental Care of Waialae from 9am-5pm. Reporting live - Ashley Moser - KITV 4 News.