The Luzerne County Community College Benco Dental Clinic will host the annual event March 28 from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For children ages three to 16, the program will include dental exams, sealants, dental X-rays, oral hygiene instruction, and fluoride treatments. All services and activities are free of charge.
According to a story by Maureen Savner at TimesLeader.com, Luzerne County Community College’s Benco Dental Clinic is a state-of-the art facility in the Francis S. and Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N. Health Sciences Center, located at 42 E. Main St., Nanticoke. There, members of the community are charged the minimal fees of $5 for children, $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens.
Throughout the year, patients can visit the clinic for an intra- and extra-oral exam, including oral cancer and blood pressure screenings, and for a comprehensive teeth cleaning. Students also provide desensitization procedures, such as the application of agents designed to reduce tooth sensitivity associated with gum recession. Digital X-rays, which use less radiation, are taken based upon patient need.
Students instruct patients on how to maintain good oral health, and provide them with a toothbrush and other oral health aids. Patients are referred to their local dentist or dental clinic for routine dental work.
This year, students placed first in a statewide competition discussing current dental topics; they intend to compete in the national competition. In addition, the LCCC dental hygiene program has achieved a 99 percent first-time passing rate on the National Dental Hygiene Licensure Examination for the past 30 years.
As part of their Give Back philosophy, PRO-SYS donates a toothbrush for every Tapered or Antimicrobial one sold. But simply donating toothbrushes isn’t enough, so they partner with nonprofits that ensure oral healthcare education is part of the package.