Grant Supports Dental Outreach Programs for North Penn Children and Seniors

by Alana J. Mauger

Dental Hygiene student Pam Kerr assists during a March 2012 Sealant Clinic at the Central Campus. Photo by Matt Carlin

Montgomery County Community College received a $20,000 grant from the North Penn Community Health Foundation in continued support of its dental outreach prevention, screening and patient education programs.  This partnership has been ongoing since 2003 and has offered these services to more than 5,000 children and adults in our community.

The grant will support three sealant and fluoride varnish programs at the College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic in Blue Bell, which will serve at least 90 low-income children from the North Penn area. The initiative will also provide fluoride varnish applications and oral exams to children in the Head Start and North Penn Valley Boys and Girls Club programs.

In addition, the grant will support educational programs on the prevention of dental caries, and offer oral exams and the application of fluoride varnish to at least 60 senior adults twice per year through outreach with senior centers serving Ambler, Harleysville, Lansdale and Souderton residents.

The North Penn Community Health Foundation identifies, selects and invests in programs and agencies that will improve the health, welfare and quality of life of the community. Information about the Foundation is available at www.npchf.org online.

Since 1973, the College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic has been providing the public with comprehensive preventive dental hygiene services in a campus facility that uses modern equipment and the latest technological advances. All treatment procedures are supervised by licensed dentists and dental hygiene faculty. The Clinic operates September through May, by appointment.

For information about Dental Hygiene Clinic at Montgomery County Community College, call 215-641-6483.

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