February 3, 2011

GIVE KIDS A SMILE DAY

Farmingdale State will host its third annual “Give Kids A Smile” day on Friday, February 4 by inviting elementary school children, and their families from the neighboring towns to the campus to learn about dental health.

Children from nearby Farmingdale as well as Deer Park, Copiague, Amityville, Huntington Station, Lindenhurst, Huntington and Massapequa school districts will attend.

From noon to 4:00 p.m., the children will be brought to the $2.5 million Dental

Give kids a smile
Dental hygiene student provides oral care to a child.
Hygiene Care Center in Gleeson Hall for free oral screening exams, dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants and patient education.

This national event, sponsored by the American Dental Association, was developed to provide children with access to dental services.  Approximately 150 people are expected to attend the free event.

The Farmingdale State dental hygiene department will be collaborating with the Nassau County Dental Society, the Suffolk County Dental Society and Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine.  Faculty and students from the dental hygiene department will participate at all three sites.

Farmingdale’s dental hygiene program is part of the College’s School of Health Sciences, which enrolls 712 students. The department offers both the associate in science and bachelor of science degrees. The state-of-the-art Dental Hygiene Care Center provides services to the public using currently accepted dental hygiene procedures to provide optimum care for each patient. All treatment provided at the center is supervised by registered dental hygienists and dentists employed by the State University of New York.