Friday, January 17, 2014

Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) will host their annual dental Sealant Saturday on Saturday, February 1st, 2014.  During the event, which is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association, dozens of volunteer dentists, dental hygienists, and dental hygiene students will work together to provide free dental exams and dental sealants for children ages 6 to 16 years old who otherwise might not receive this important preventative care.  Appointments are necessary and will be available at CVIM (300 B Lawrence Drive, West Chester) between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.  Call (610) 836-5990 ext. 125 to schedule an appointment.

In recognition of February as National Children’s Dental Health Month, the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association annually sponsors Sealant Saturday throughout the state to ensure children receive the care they need.  In Chester County, Sealant Saturday takes place at Community Volunteers in Medicine, where last year 182 procedures valued at $9,155 were performed on 31 children in need during the outreach day,  “The care we are able to give these young patients puts them on the path to good dental health”, says Alberta Landis, RDH, VP of Dental Services at CVIM.  “We are so proud to help so many who might otherwise go without.”

In addition to dental exams and sealants, dental hygienists will give oral hygiene instructions and free home care kits to all child participants.  The CDC highlights the benefit of tooth sealants – a thin bonded material – when applied to the chewing surface of permanent molars.  The sealants act as physical barriers to prevent oral bacteria from collecting and creating the acid environment that allows decay/cavities to develop.  Sealants are a good investment for a child’s oral health and help prevent tooth decay during cavity-prone years.