More than 150 elementary and high school students will benefit from free dental care at Owens Community College Friday, Feb. 1 as part of the nationwide observance of Give Kids A Smile Day Friday, Feb. 1.
Throughout the day, Owens’ Dental Hygiene program, in collaboration with the Toledo Dental Society, will be offering dental services at no charge for children ages 6 months 18 years who have limited or no access to care. Appointments will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. at the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, located in Health Technologies Hall on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.
Toledo Dental Society dentists and Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary will provide restorative treatments such as fillings and extraction.
Give Kids A Smile Day is a national initiative by the American Dental Association designed to focus attention on the epidemic of untreated oral disease among disadvantaged children. It is held each February in conjunction with National Children’s Dental Health Month.
“Owens Community College’s Dental Hygiene program is excited to once again participate in such a worthwhile endeavor and provide dental services to individuals in need,” said Beth Tronolone, Owens Chair of Dental Hygiene. “Give Kids A Smile Day is also a wonderful opportunity to raise the importance and awareness of preventive dental care such as flossing, brushing and regular dental visits. Our goal is give attendees a positive dental experience and help them feel comfortable smiling again.”
Owens Dental Hygiene second-year students, faculty and alumni, and area dentists will be providing dental services, which will include dental education and screening, X-rays, cleanings, limited restorations and dental sealants. In addition, first-year students from the health program will provide educational presentations for parents and children.
The college’s Dental Hygiene program provides more than 40 students with a fully accredited, scientifically current and competency-based curriculum annually. Students receive classroom instruction as well as hands-on experience in the Dental Hygiene Clinic, while preparing to sit for the national, state or regional exam in dental hygiene.
Owens’ program also offers dental services to area residents through its Dental Hygiene Clinic, a 20-chair clinic staffed by dental hygiene students and supervised by licensed dental professionals at Owens. Appointments are available during the fall and spring semesters for a $30 fee.
For more information about receiving free dental services, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7294. Appointment reservations must be made prior to the event.