PCC / News / February 20, 2009

PCC Sealant Day educates kids on oral health

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Dental Hygiene student Britney Wolthuis of West Linn prepares to clean a child’s mouth during PCC’s 12th annual Sealant Day. Approximately 54 kids from Gladstone’s John Wetten and Beaverton’s Greenway elementary school took part in the Dental Hygiene program’s event on Friday, Feb. 20 at the dental labs of the Sylvania Campus.

A typical mold that students in the program make and is the type of material that is used to help make thumb molds for the visiting children. Sealant Day introduced the kids to dental hygiene and gave PCC’s second-year students an opportunity to practice their skills on live patients.

John Wetten Elementary School vice principal Kevin Anderson tries his hand at getting a mold of his thumb. 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.

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