AASU's Dental Hygiene Department Holds Halloween Clinic for Latino Children
Savannah, GAThe Department of Dental Hygiene at Armstrong Atlantic State University held a Halloween Clinic for children from the local region in need of dental care. The adults and patients dressed in costume to celebrate the event, which was held to provide oral health care and education to the children.
"Many of these five to eight-year-old children have never had dental care," said Barbara Tannenbaum, head of AASU's Department of Dental Hygiene. "Many of the children's parents originally came to this country as migrant workers in Mexico, but have now established residency in the rural areas surrounding Statesboro."
All patients who visited the clinic received preventive dental hygiene services, including oral assessments, scaling and polishing, and fluoride treatments. The patients included children from the Savannah area and forty children from the Center for Latino Outreach, which offers services in conjunction with Georgia Southern University. This marks the second year that the AASU dental hygiene program has been involved with the Center for Latino Outreach.
"Our children benefit greatly from this wonderful program," said Virginia Steinhauer, interim director of the Center for Latino Outreach. "Without it, the children would never receive any dental work."
October 30, 2001