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Sealant Day helps local youth, PCC dental students
Photos and Story by James Hill
The Dental Department at PCC once again hosted Sealant Day. This is a student run project where local school children visit to have their teeth cleaned by PCC students. The event introduces the kids to dental hygiene and gives the students an opportunity to practice their skills on live patients.
It’s the ninth consecutive year that students in the Portland Community College Dental Department hosted the Dental Sealant Day. The event marks National Children’s Dental Health Month. Approximately 40 second graders from local elementary schools receive oral hygiene education and have pit and fissure sealants applied to their teeth at no charge.
Dentists screen eligible children at the schools to determine the need for preventive dental services. Sealant Day is only one of several service opportunities available to the dental hygiene program students. Second-year students also provide assistance to clinics in the area, teach oral health education in schools and visit long-term care facilities.