Oct. 15, 2004
Staff and students in HACC's dental hygiene program will offer a number of free dental services on Sealant Saturday, October 23 from 8am to 1pm. Children ages 3-12 without access to dental care can have a sealant procedure, oral health exam or a DNA toothprint procedure performed, by appointment.

Parents and guardians who may be uninsured or underinsured are asked to contact HACC's dental hygiene clinic at (717) 780-2441 or 1-800-222-4222, ext. 2441 to schedule appointments. The free procedures will take place at the dental hygiene clinic in Whitaker Hall room 230, on the Harrisburg Campus of HACC, central Pennsylvania's community college, located near the Farm Show complex.

Second-year dental hygiene students, staff, volunteer dentists and licensed dental hygienists will perform routine oral exams before painting a thin seal onto the patient's back teeth. This procedure is for children ages 6-12 only. Sealants are a hard coating that help protect teeth from decay.

The DNA toothprint, for children ages 3-12, is a wax bite print of the children's teeth, then sealed in a bag and given to parents or guardians with directions. As long as the seal is not broken, a child's DNA will remain intact, and can be used for identification.

HACCs dental hygiene clinic is hosting Sealant Saturday in recognition of October being Dental Hygiene Month. HACC's dental hygiene students, as members of the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists' Association, strive to improve the public's health, advance the art and science of dental hygiene by increasing awareness, and ensure access to cost-effective quality oral health care.

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