The Dental Hygiene Program at Harcum College will offer free oral examinations, sealants, fluoride treatments, and healthcare instructions for children ages 6-12 during its annual Sealant Day on Monday, Feb. 17, Presidents’ Day.
The event will be held at the Cohen Dental Center on Harcum’s Bryn Mawr campus from 9 AM-1 PM.
The services are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, regardless of income, with no other qualifying information necessary. Families need only call ahead for an appointment by contacting the Cohen Dental Center at 610-526-6113. Appointments are being accepted at regular intervals throughout the day until all slots are full.
The 2020 event marks the 16th anniversary of the free program, during 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 Day 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 devoted to promoting good oral health to parents and children in the local area,” said Jean Byrnes-Ziegler, Director of the Dental Hygiene Program. “Sealant Day 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.”
Children under 17 face a greater degree of tooth decay, due to diets and issues with access to quality dental care. The New York Times has reported that approximately 132 million Americans are lacking dental insurance and with dentists’ fees going up, the percentage of Americans with untreated cavities is rising for the first time in a half-century.
Families need only call ahead for an appointment by contacting the Cohen Dental Center at 610-526-6113.