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February 9, 2010

Give Kids A Smile Day

Children from Local School Districts Received Dental Health Education

Farmingdale State's dental hygiene department hosted its second annual “Give Kids A Smile” day on Friday, February 5, by inviting elementary school children and their families from the neighboring Amityville and Wyandanch school districts to the campus to learn about dental health. The children were brought to the $2.5 million Dental 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 dental hygiene department collaborated with the Nassau County Dental Society, the Suffolk County Dental Society and Stony Brook’s 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 in 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.