The Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center is expanding its pediatric dentistry services with the support of a grant from the UniHealth Foundation.

The clinic is adding two dentists, who will focus on treating pediatric dental patients — from infants to teenagers — four days per week.

The clinic, which is at 323 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, serves a diverse population from the Westside neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

UCLA dental center officials said they recognize the need for early intervention in the form of quality, lower cost dental health care for the children of Venice and the surrounding areas.

Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, five times more common than asthma, according to the clinic.

According to a recent study by the Dental Health Foundation, more than 60 percent of children in the Los Angeles Unified School District have dental decay by the time they reach kindergarten.

Left untreated, decayed teeth cause painful toothaches which lead to problems eating and sleeping, according to the study. Dental disease may leave children vulnerable to chronic ear and sinus infections as well as orthodontic problems, the study said.

Information about the UCLA Venice Dental Center, (310) 392-4103.

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