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Give Kids A Smile! Day at BCC: Call For Appointment

Give Kids a Smile Day

For the 10th year in a row, Burlington County College’s (BCC) Dental Hygiene Program will provide free preventive and emergency dental care to children ages 12 and younger on “Give Kids A Smile!” Day, Friday, Feb. 7. The one-day program is part of the American Dental Association’s annual push to bring attention to the number one childhood disease, tooth decay.

BCC dental hygiene students, alumni and instructors, as well as volunteer local health care professionals, team up to provide children in need free comprehensive dental exams and treatment on the largest nationally-organized free health care day in America.

BCC has consistently performed among the top contributors in the state.

“Last year, BCC helped 99 children and performed 763 procedures worth $48,862,” said Linda Hecker, BCC’s Director of Dental Hygiene. “This event is so important to our community, and on a national level, it kicks-off National Children’s Dental Health Month. Give Kids A Smile! Day is our opportunity to educate children on the benefits of proper oral hygiene as well as help children in the area who may not have access to care.”

Entertainment is also part of the day’s scheduled activities. Face-painting, a caricature artist, and seeing-eye puppies in training will be on-hand and there will also be special visits from some well-known characters, including the tooth fairy.

Those interested in making an appointment for their child are encouraged to call as soon as possible. Appointments are required and can be made by calling (609) 894-9311, ext. 1074.

The Dental Hygiene center at BCC is located in the Lewis M. Parker Center, room 318 on the Pemberton campus at 601 Pemberton Browns Mills Road.

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Since 2005, BCC’s dental hygiene program has donated more than a half million dollars worth of care to more than 1,000 patients on “Give Kids A Smile!” Day. The New Jersey program is managed by the New Jersey Dental Association, the New Jersey Dental Assistants Association, and the New Jersey Dental Hygienists' Association. Nationally, it is supported by the American Dental Association, Henry Schein, Inc. and Colgate. Locally, Delta Dental of New Jersey is a key partner and sponsor. BCC’s program is funded in part by the American Dental Hygiene Association, Institute for Oral Health, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation Community Service Grant Program. More information on the “Give Kids A Smile!” program can be found at www.njda.org/gkas. The dental hygiene program at BCC is designed to provide learning opportunities through classroom, laboratory and clinical instruction. As an ongoing service to the community, the center, located on the Pemberton campus, provides preventive dental care including cleanings for a nominal fee of $5. For more information, please visit http://staff.bcc.edu/dental.