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Harcum College Offers Free Dental Services for Children on MLK Day

Children ages 7-12 can get free sealants on Sealant Day, January 20.
Children ages 7-12 can get free sealants on Sealant Day, January 20.

Bryn Mawr, PA December 6, 2013 – The Dental Hygiene Program at Harcum College will offer free oral examinations, sealants, fluoride treatments, and health care instructions for children ages 7-12 at its annual Sealant Day event to be held Monday, January 20. The program coincides with the Martin Luther King Day of Service and will be held at the Cohen Dental Center on Harcum’s Bryn Mawr campus.

2014 marks the tenth year of the free program, in which registered dental hygienists, area dentists, and Harcum dental hygiene students provide free dental hygiene services to children who have pre-registered. 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. The tips and guidance provided help children, families, and the community learn the value of oral care in their overall health and wellness.

“Our students and faculty are committed to promoting good oral health to parents and children in the local area,” said Jean Byrnes-Ziegler, Director of the 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 to provide a much needed community resource.”

An estimated 100 million Americans have no dental insurance. 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 Society of Periodontology, oral health problems are linked to a variety of diseases and health conditions, including diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. The use of sealants can decrease oral health complications, especially for cavity prone children.

 Families must call ahead for an appointment by contacting the Cohen Dental Center at 610-526-6113. Appointments are being accepted for 9 am and 1 pm until all slots are full. The College will be open on January 20 with a normal schedule.

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