When I was a kid, I looked forward to the dentist.  It was always kinda fun, the doctor sang when he cleaned my teeth, and you'd get a new toothbrush at the end.  Then, Wisdom Teeth came. I didn't like the dentist anymore.  And some of you may be thinking along the same lines, or thinking that you can't afford to go and spend a bunch of money on the dentist appointments.  Well, now there's a solution!

State Fair Community College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic will have a free screening from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the clinic adjacent to the walking track in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center on the Sedalia campus.  The screening is designed for people who haven’t had much dental care and whose teeth need cleaning and scaling. Patients who qualify may assist graduating Dental Hygiene students in taking their board exams in May. Qualified candidates will receive a free cleaning at a later date in the college’s clinic. All participants will receive free dental care products.  I got to talk about that and the upcoming SMILE drive with Caryn Tierney, RDH, BS, MTL and Director of SFCC's dental programs.

Members of the State Fair Community College Student Dental Hygiene Club will collect oral care products from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Walmart Supercenter, 3201 W. Broadway, as part of the “America’s Tooth Fairy Smile Drive.” The drive is a national campaign taking place in February, National Children’s Dental Health Month, to collect toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and rinse for at-risk children and teens.

The donated products will be given to non-profit organizations. SFCC’s club will donate the products they collect to the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri and give an oral health presentation to members. The Dental Hygiene students will collect oral care products February 17-20 in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center on the Sedalia campus.

For more information, contact Dental Hygiene Program Director Caryn Tierney at (660) 596-7262 or ctierney@sfccmo.edu.

Smilingly yours,