On February 20, 2016, Goodwin College’s Dental Hygienist School participated in the national “Give Kids A Smile” campaign. The American Dental Association launched Give Kids A Smile in 2003 as a way for dentists across the country to join with others in their communities to provide dental services to underserved children. The program initially began as a one-day event, but has since grown to local and national events year-round. Dentists and other team members volunteer their time and services to provide screenings, treatments, and education to children throughout the United States. Each year, approximately 350,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events, thanks to the efforts of more than 40,000 annual volunteers. This is the second year that Goodwin College has participated in the community effort by helping residents of East Hartford and surrounding towns.
Goodwin’s event was held at the College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, 403 Main Street in East Hartford. By the end of the day, 28 children had been seen, receiving the equivalent of approximately $10,000 in services — free of charge. Overseen by dental professionals, students in the Dental Hygiene program provided cleanings, oral hygiene instructions, x-rays, fluoride treatments, and sealants. Patients received toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss donated by Colgate following their appointment. All time, equipment, and other materials were donated by Goodwin.
“We extend sincere thanks to Dr. Hugh Finch and Dr. Thomas Galvin, who assisted our students and consulted with many of the parents,” said Carmen Hufcut, the director of Goodwin’s Dental Hygiene degree program, who has coordinated the Give Kids A Smile efforts for the past two years. “Special thanks also to our faculty members, Anna Wylenczek, Amanda Jones, Janel Derkosh, and Natalie LaFreniere, who worked closely with the students and helped to make the day a great success.”
Goodwin’s Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation, and offers its Dental Hygiene students a professional environment for learning, overseen by faculty who are registered dental hygienists. To learn more about Goodwin’s Dental Hygiene program, go to http://www.goodwin.edu/majors/dental_hygiene/.