Students provide $5,000 in free oral care during event
Photos by Jennifer A. Cline, writer/magazine editor
Pennsylvania College of Technology’s dental hygiene program provided free oral care to 22 children and teens during a Sealant Saturday event on Nov. 4.
“The future of our community’s oral health looks brighter, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our students and volunteers offering free dental services to children in need,” said Tiana L. Minnick, instructor of dental hygiene, who spearheaded the event. “It was a rewarding experience for everyone involved.”
Dental hygiene students gained experience working with young patients in the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic as they joined volunteers in placing 114 sealants. A sealant is a clear, protective plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of a back tooth to help prevent decay.
In addition to sealants, 22 patients received a fluoride varnish treatment, and nine were referred for follow-up care.
“The current cost for one dental sealant in Pennsylvania will range from $40 to $60, and fluoride treatments range from $20 to $50,” explained Shawn A. Kiser, director of dental hygiene. “So this year’s event provided over $5,000 worth of free care.”
The college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic is also open during the week and provides a range of preventive care for a nominal fee. Appointments can be made by calling 570-327-4500.
To learn about the college’s dental hygiene majors, call 570-327-4519.