A reason to smile (2-13-14)

Owens student Erika Sell, cleans Jason McClain’s, 4, teeth, of Perrysburg, while his mother,
Meisha, looks on, above. Owens Community College’s Dental Hygiene program, in collaboration with the
Toledo Dental Society, offered a day of free dental services for children ages 6 months to 18 years with
limited or no access to care. “Give Kids A Smile” is a national initiative by the American Dental
Association, dedicated to focusing attention on untreated oral disease among disadvantaged children.
Held each February in conjunction with National Children’s Dental Health Month, “Give Kids A Smile”
provides free oral health education, screening and treatment services to children from low-income
families across the country. Owens’ program also offers dental services to area residents through its
Dental Hygiene Clinic. The 20-chair clinic is staffed by dental hygiene students and supervised by
licensed dental professionals at Owens, and appointments are available during the fall and spring
semesters for a $30 fee. Individuals interested in receiving free dental service should contact the
Dental Hygiene Clinic at (567) 661-7294 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7294 Appointment reservations are
required. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune) SEE MORE PHOTOS and video
Owens graduates Sylvia Angel (left) and Lydia Crews enter data into a
computer, left, during the nationwide Give Kids A Smile Day at the Dental Hygiene Clinic in the Health
Technologies Hall on the Owens Community College campus in Perrysburg Township.
While wearing Captain America
sunglasses, Dominic Cox, 5, waits to have his teeth cleaned.
Tools used for cleaning and examining teeth sit
on a tray.
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