The Dental Hygiene Program at Harcum College will offer FREE oral examinations, sealants, fluoride treatments and health care instructions for children ages 6-13 at its Sealant Monday Event. In conjunction with Martin Luther King Day of Service, the event will be held on Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Cohen Dental Center on Harcum’s Bryn Mawr campus.
This is the ninth year of the free program, in which registered dental hygienists, area dentists and Harcum dental hygiene students provide free dental hygiene services to registered children. Co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association, Sealant Monday aims to prevent future tooth decay and cavities in children, as well as aid in overall oral health and help children, families and the community learn the value of oral care in overall health and wellness.
“The students and faculty of Harcum’s Dental Hygiene Program are committed to promoting good oral health to parents and children, particularly in the local area,” said Jean Byrnes-Ziegler, Director of Dental Hygiene Program at Harcum. “Sealant Monday is an important initiative for us to not only advance the clinical experience for our students, but also provide a much-needed resource for the community.”
An estimated 100 million Americans have no dental insurance, and nationally the incidence of dental cavities is rising for the first time in decades. Locally, it is estimated that 40 percent of Pennsylvanians lack dental insurance. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, oral health problems are linked to a variety of diseases and health conditions, including diabetes, strokes and heart disease. The use of sealants can decrease oral health complications, especially for cavity-prone children.
To schedule an appointment, contact the Cohen Dental Center at Harcum at 610-526-6113 or 610-526-6015. Limited space is available. Appointments will be taken for 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Harcum College will be open on January 21 with a normal schedule. The cafeteria will also be open to the public.