Countdown to Kids’ Cavity Prevention Day in Northeast PA.

Better oral health for children 3 to 17 years old in Pennsylvania is one week away.

The Luzerne County Community College Dental Department and the Northeast Pennsylvania Dental Hygiene Association will hold a Kids’ Cavity Prevention Day on March 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at the college’s Benco Dental Clinic at The Francis S. and Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N. Health Sciences Center in downtown Nanticoke.

The program is for children 3 to 17 years old and will include free dental exams, free sealants, free dental X-rays, free oral hygiene instruction, free fluoride treatments and free dental health supplies.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 570-740-0448 or 800-377-5222, ext. 7448.

Professor offers reminder for our nation

In her Letter to the Editor aligned with National Children’s Dental Health MonthJulie Cleary, a professor of Dental Health Programs at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania offered reminders of the responsibility we all share: oral health care of children.


Julie Cleary is professor of Dental Health Programs at Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, Pennsylvania.

She recalls 12-year-old Deamonte Driver, a Maryland boy whose untreated cavity led to a fatal brain infection in 2007.

“He had two brain operations totaling $250,000 before he died, but his life could have been spared if his infected tooth had been simply removed — a procedure costing just $80. His family had no health insurance and had lost Medicaid benefits.”

Among her topics of discussion in her letter, published at
* Pennsylvania’s track record for addressing children’s dental health needs (in 2012 and 2014, Pennsylvania received a score of “D” in a Pew Center on the States report)

* the “newest weapons in the arsenal against tooth decay” – silver diamine fluoride (SDF).

Learn more about the path to prevention, and an upcoming annual Kids’ Cavity Prevention Day on March 25, at which the Luzerne County Community College dental health programs will offer free preventive dental hygiene services for children, including the aforementioned SDF treatments:

Who cares about kids? PRO-SYS and the LCCC Benco Dental Clinic.

At a Kids’ Cavity Prevention Day this weekend in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, all children will receive PRO-SYS® Toothbrushes PRO-SYS Kids_7939and Toothgel, along with an Iris Varnish treatment

The Luzerne County Community College Benco Dental Clinic will host the annual event March 28 from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For children ages three to 16, the program will include dental exams, sealants, dental X-rays, oral hygiene instruction, and fluoride treatments. All services and activities are free of charge.

According to a story by Maureen Savner at, Luzerne County Community College’s Benco Dental Clinic is a state-of-the art facility in the Francis S. and Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N. Health Sciences Center, located at 42 E. Main St., Nanticoke. There, members of the community are charged the minimal fees of $5 for children, $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens.

Throughout the year, patients can visit the clinic for an intra- and extra-oral exam, including oral cancer and blood pressure screenings, and for a comprehensive teeth cleaning. Students also provide desensitization procedures, such as the application of agents designed to reduce tooth sensitivity associated with gum recession. Digital X-rays, which use less radiation, are taken based upon patient need.

Students instruct patients on how to maintain good oral health, and provide them with a toothbrush and other oral health aids. Patients are referred to their local dentist or dental clinic for routine dental work.

This year, students placed first in a statewide competition discussing current dental topics; they intend to compete in the national competition. In addition, the LCCC dental hygiene program has achieved a 99 percent first-time passing rate on the National Dental Hygiene Licensure Examination for the past 30 years.

As part of their Give Back philosophy, PRO-SYS donates a toothbrush for every Tapered or Antimicrobial one sold. But simply donating toothbrushes isn’t enough, so they partner with nonprofits that ensure oral healthcare education is part of the package.




Program prevents cavities, one child at a time.

A young journalist at The Luzerne County Community College shares a video to promote the college’s Benco Dental Clinic and Dental Department, where today, March 22,  the Northeast Pennsylvania Dental Hygiene Association in conjunction with the Dental Department, will host a Kids’ Cavity Prevention Day.
The college’s Benco Dental Clinic at the Francis S. and Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N. Health Sciences Center, downtown Nanticoke, will be host location for the event, according to the Standard Speaker.