by Diane VanDyke
The Green Tree Community Health Foundation recently awarded a $2,500 grant to Montgomery County Community College in support of a fluoride varnish program for children in select Head Start programs in Norristown.
Administered by the College’s Dental Hygiene Program, the fluoride program will provide direct oral health care services to approximately 75 children, ages 3-5 years of age, to reduce the chances of tooth decay. Services will include dental examinations and education for children and parents that demonstrates the importance of good oral health as well as the need to begin dental visits at an early age. According to the American Dental Association, dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease with more than 16 million kids suffering from untreated tooth decay in the U.S.
Since 1973, the College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic has been providing the public with comprehensive preventive dental hygiene services. Services are provided at the Central Campus’ dental hygiene facility in Blue Bell utilizing modern equipment and the latest technological advances. All treatment procedures are supervised by licensed dentists and dental hygiene faculty.
A community health advocate, the Green Tree Community Health Foundation is a not-for-profit public charity that identifies the areas of vulnerability in the communities of Northwest Philadelphia and Eastern Montgomery County and provides funding to organizations whose work addresses these needs. The Foundation seeks to have a positive impact on current and emerging health issues and risks, empowering residents to access health services and value, embrace and maintain their health.