|Free dental program at Owens gives kids a reason to smile|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 17 January 2013 09:53|
Oral hygiene, X-rays and fillings will be the focus of free dental appointments at Owens Community College as more than 150 area elementary and high school students' teeth are transformed to pearly whites during the nationwide Give Kids A Smile Day on Feb. 1.
Owens' Dental Hygiene program, in collaboration with the Toledo Dental Society, will be offering a day of free dental services for children with limited or no access to care. It is for ages six months to 18, and will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. at the college's Dental Hygiene Clinic in the Health Technologies Hall on the Toledo-area campus.
Additionally, Toledo Dental Society dentists and Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary will provide restorative treatments such as fillings and extractions.
Give Kids A Smile Day is a national initiative by the American Dental Association, which is dedicated to focusing attention on the epidemic of untreated oral disease among disadvantaged children. Held each February in conjunction with National Children's Dental Health Month, Give Kids A Smile Day provides free oral health education, screening and treatment services to children from low-income families.
Owens Dental Hygiene second-year students, faculty and alumni, and area dentists will be conducting dental services, which will include dental education and screening, X-rays, oral prophylaxis (cleanings), limited restorations and dental sealants. In addition, first-year students from the health program will provide educational presentations.
The college's Dental Hygiene program provides more than 40 students with a fully accredited curriculum annually. Owens' program also offers dental services to area residents through its Dental Hygiene Clinic. The 20-chair clinic is staffed by students and supervised by licensed dental professionals at Owens, and appointments are available for a $30 fee.
Individuals interested in receiving free dental service should call (567) 661-7294 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 7294.
Appointments are required.
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