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Volunteers Provide Free Dental Services to 87 Children

Pennsylvania College of Technology dental hygiene students Mahfuzur 'Sunny' Rahman, of Williamsport, and Rachel A. Davis, of Littlestown, provide dental care to a child during a Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists%E2%80%99 Association Sealant Saturday event at the college.Volunteers from the dental profession convened in the Dental Hygiene Lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology on March 17 for the 10th Sealant Saturday community dental health event, for which they provided about $15,000 in free dental services to children between the ages of 7 and 15.

Sealant Saturday is an initiative coordinated by the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association at locations across the state.

Children participate in learning activities developed by dental hygiene students.The crew of volunteer dentists, hygienists and dental hygiene students at Penn College served 87 children, placing sealants on 407 teeth. Most children also received a fluoride treatment.

The volunteers were joined for the day by Lorraine M. Lockawich, president of the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association. Among the volunteers were 12 Penn College dental hygiene alumni and 22 second-year dental hygiene students.

In addition to receiving the dental work, children participated in health-related educational activities devised by the students.

Sealant Saturday supporters include the Northcentral Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association, Dentsply and Premier Dental.

To learn more about dental hygiene and other academic programs offered by the School of Health Sciences at Penn College, call 570-327-4519 or visit on the Web . For more about the college, visit online , email or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

Twelve Penn College alumni %E2%80%93 including program director Shawn A. Kiser (third from right), who provided the photos to PCToday %E2%80%93 were among event volunteers.Twenty-two second-year dental hygiene students took part in the event.

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