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Youngsters benefit from show of support at Sealant Day

Free Sealant and Prophy Day 2011
More than 100 youth received dental care during the 2011 Free Sealant and Prophy Day at the college.

 

To Kenny Brown, D2, the Asian-American Dental Society’s Free Sealant and Prophy Day is a win-win situation.

“The best moments of Sealant Day are when both the child and the student come from the chair with big smiles and are excited,” Brown says. “The child has a great experience with the visit, often their first, and the student has a great experience treating the patient.”

Free Sealant and Prophy Day 2011
Children treated ranged from
6 to 14 years of age.

The student organization's members planned the April 23 event at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry. Sealant Day benefited not only from dental school support but also from pre-dental student volunteers from Baylor, the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas.

Nearly 90 faculty, alumni, residents, dental and dental hygiene student volunteers joined forces to offer this free preventive service to the local community. Support from the TAMHSC-BCD offices of Facilities Services, Environmental Services and Security helped make the event possible.

Free Sealant and Prophy Day 2011
The biannual event required help 
from nearly 90 volunteers.

Upwards of 100 youngsters turned out for treatment, which included not only sealant placement and teeth cleaning but also fluoride treatment and oral hygiene instruction. Kids left with age-appropriate toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, coloring books, toys and even protective eyewear in hand. Parents didn’t leave empty-handed, either. Advice on their children’s oral status, lists of low-cost dental clinics and pediatric or orthodontic clinic referrals were given as needed.

Free Sealant and Prophy Day 2011
All patients received teeth cleaning,
sealant and flouride placement.

While the biannual event is only advertised to 6- to 14-year-olds, volunteers will see children who are older or younger, provided they are accompanied by siblings.

The interaction at Sealant Day often serves as a child’s first dental visit, which Brown says can be quite an impressionable experience.

“When we have the opportunity to create a positive experience for the child so that he or she does not have to be afraid to visit the dentist, we have impacted that child’s oral and overall health for their entire life,” Brown says.