Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center will provide free dental care for children 12 years old and younger on Friday, Feb. 4, as part of the American Dental Association’s “Give Kids a Smile” program.

“Nearly one in four children under the age of five already has cavities,” Aneta Wojcik, director of Mountainside Medical Center’s Division of Dentistry, said in a Mountainside press release. “Preventive care, especially in these challenging times, is critical in maintaining good dental and overall health. Regular visits to the dental office sets the stage for a lifetime of good dental hygiene. Learning to schedule and address dental needs in a timely manner prevents premature loss of teeth and needless distress.”

The Mountainside Dental Clinic is located on the third floor of the hospital campus at 1 Bay Avenue in Glen Ridge. Advance appointments are required. For more information and to schedule, call 973-429-6887.