By Drew Stambaugh
January 21, 2014
Owens’ Dental Hygiene program, in collaboration with the Toledo Dental Society, will be offering a day of free dental services for children ages six months to 18 years with limited or no access to care. The event will take place Friday, Feb. 7, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic located on the second floor of the Health Technologies Hall on the Toledo-area Campus.
“Give Kids A Smile” is a national initiative by the American Dental Association, dedicated to focusing attention on the epidemic of 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 Community College’s Dental Hygiene program is honored to take part in this great community service event for the eighth year,” said Beth Tronolone, Owens Chair of Dental Hygiene. “This is our opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of preventive dental care and provide that care to those who may not receive it otherwise.”
Owens Dental Hygiene second-year students, faculty and alumni, and area dentists will be conducting dental services, which will include dental education and screening, X-rays, oral prophylaxis (cleanings), limited restorations and dental sealants. In addition, first-year students from the health program will provide educational presentations for parents and children.
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 are encouraged to contact the College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic at (567) 661-7294 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7294. Appointment reservations must be made prior to the event. Similar events will take place at The Dental Center of Northwest Ohio and The University of Toledo Medical Center. For more information on these locations, please contact the Toledo Dental Society at 419-474-8611.