Cape Fear Community College Dental Hygiene students recently partnered with Wilmington Rotary volunteers, and local dentist, Dr. Gabriel Rich, to perform dental screenings for children ages 3 to 14 at the Community Boys and Girls Club. The project, made possible by a grant from the Wilmington Rotary, enabled the students to screen 173 children and to provide them with dental health education. Of those screened, 102 children presented questionable areas or obvious decay, pain, or infection. Follow-up screening reports were given to the children’s parents, guardians, and caregivers informing them of their child’s oral status, as well as information on resources for seeking dental treatment.
As part of CFCC’s dental hygiene screening project, a Dental Health Resource Center is being installed in the Community Boys and Girls Club library. The CFCC Dental Hygiene Class of 2016 also established a GoFundMe account which raised $1,365. The funds will be used to provide dental treatment to children who presented dental concerns during the screenings and do not have Medicaid or other insurance resources.
To learn more about CFCC’s Dental Hygiene program, please visit http://cfcc.edu/dh/.