Camden County College’s dental hygiene and dental assisting students and staff – joined by area dentists – provided free cleanings, other preventive care and oral health education to area children on Feb. 7 for Give-Kids-a-Smile Day.
“We are proud to provide these free services to children who might not otherwise have access to dental care. In addition to cleanings and screenings, the children were taught about good dental health,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young. “Dental appointments can cost in excess of $100 per child per visit, and many families without insurance cannot afford this vital attention.”
Give-Kids-a-Smile Day is a national event that has been held on the first Friday in February for more than 15 years. It is intended for children aged 12 and younger with little or no dental insurance, and its aim is to provide a day of dental care to youngsters who would otherwise not have access to these services.
Each child was given an oral exam and offered services such as cleanings, x-rays, dental hygiene education, fluoride treatments, restorations and simple extractions. Gentle dental care was provided by volunteer dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, Camden County College staff and students of the dental programs. The “Tooth Fairy” also made an appearance offering attendees support, prizes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and a friendly smile.