Underserved Children to Get Free Dental Care

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2008

Contact: Mary-Anne Smith
Philadelphia Safe and Sound
215.568.0620, Ext. 108

Underserved Children to Get Free Dental Care
Philadelphia Safe and Sound partners with PA Dental Hygiene Association and the
Community College of Philadelphia for Sealant Saturday

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Philadelphia, PA – Tomorrow, February 2, Philadelphia Safe and Sound (PSS) will partner with the Pennsylvania Dental Hygiene Association (PDHA) for its Sixth Annual Statewide Children’s Dental Hygiene Sealant Program. Members of the PDHA and dental hygiene students from the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) will place clear, protective sealants on the children’s permanent back teeth. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the CCP Dental Hygiene Clinic at 1800 Spring Garden Street.

Hundreds of children from the PSS Network of Afterschool and Youth Development Network are expected to receive the sealants. Sealants provide a physical barrier that prevents cavities.

“Tooth decay is preventable and treatable by practicing good oral health habits and by seeing a dentist regularly. Children who suffer from dental health issues struggle in school finding it hard to concentrate. We are grateful for these partnerships as we want to see all children thrive and succeed and this is one area where we need to be more proactive and bring the services to the children,” says Anne L. Shenberger, President and CEO of Philadelphia Safe and Sound

To continue to reach more children, PSS volunteer Kim Meehan, who is the current Mrs. New Jersey International 2008 and a certified dental hygienist, has been visiting our PSS Network programs to demonstrate proper daily oral care. Each participant is also given a free toothbrush — compliments of Dr. David Bressler, DDS, of Cavity Busters — to take home.

In addition, PSS has partnered with the Community College of Philadelphia to improve awareness about dental health care. Students from the Community College’s Dental Hygiene Program will also be visiting our PSS Network programs to demonstrate proper daily oral care and at regular intervals, provide free screenings and sealants to participants in PSS programs. Children with specific dental issues will be referred to various dental sites and providers, especially those of the Southeast Oral Health Task Force, of which PSS plays a vital role. These providers include Kids Smiles, Mobile Dentists and the Oral Health Impact Project.

Philadelphia Safe and Sound
Philadelphia Safe and Sound is an independent non-profit organization that improves the health, safety, and well-being of children and youth through research, technology, program management, and advocacy. The PSS Network of Afterschool and Youth Development Programs includes more than 200 programs across the City of Philadelphia, including the nationally renowned Beacon Program, the Afterschool Initiative, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and violence prevention programs. PSS manages, monitors, funds and offers best practices and technical assistance. Programs in the Network are associated with high quality, safe environments for kids.

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