Sealant Saturday serves 56 children at Penn College

Pennsylvania College of Technology students and faculty teamed with community volunteers on March 21 to treat 56 children as part of the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association’s statewide Sealant Saturday initiative.

In the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, which was one of several Sealant Saturday sites statewide, the volunteer dentists, hygienists and dental hygiene students gave each child a dental screening and fluoride varnish and placed 290 sealants.

Sealants are clear, protective plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to help prevent tooth decay.

“Sealant Saturday continues to be an incredible program to help the fight against dental disease for our children in Williamsport and surrounding communities,” said Shawn A. Kiser, director of dental hygiene at Penn College. “Since the program’s inception in 2003, Penn College has provided treatment for 1,000 children during the annual event. Sealant Saturday would not be possible without the support of Penn College administration and volunteers from the community.”

Volunteers included one dentist, eight dental hygienists and second-year Penn College dental hygiene students.

Program supporters also include the Northcentral Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association, Dentsply and Premier Dental.