BCTC dental hygiene program to provide free pre-K dental screening

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 20, 2010) A free dental screening offered by the Bluegrass Community and Technical College dental hygiene program will help parents comply with a new Kentucky statute that requires a dental screening for all children entering public school for the first time.

Give Kids a Smile, a free pre-K dental screening, will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 12 at the BCTC Dental Hygiene Clinic, 470 Cooper Drive, Oswald Building Room 250, in Lexington.

The dental screening is open to the public but recommended for children ages 3 to 7. Space is limited. To schedule an appointment, call Melissa Kemp or Della White at (859) 246-6857.

At the screening, children will receive proper brushing instruction, toothbrush and toothpaste, dental screening for cavities, and fluoride varnish treatment. There will also be information booths to educate parents about oral health, such as information on dental sealants and which food causes tooth decay.

Licensed dentists and dental hygienists, some who are former BCTC students, will perform the dental screenings. BCTC dental hygiene students will assist with the screening as well as face painting, crafts and patient education.

Starting in the 2010-11 school year, the Kentucky Board of Education requires that children entering public school for the first time to submit proof of a dental screening or exam. The Kentucky statute can be viewed at http://www.lrc.ky.gov/krs/156-00/160.PDF .

The Give Kids a Smile dental screening will provide a school dental screening form for parents.