Area Youth Have Brighter Smiles Thanks To Project at Penn State Fayette
Nursing students at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus are working on “Smile for Life,” a service-learning project with the mission of educating parents and their children about the importance of dental health. The project originates from Cornerstone Care, Inc., a non-profit network of community health centers and practices serving communities throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.
Nursing students at Penn State Fayette conducted approximately 37 presentations in Fayette County Head Start classrooms this spring. This school-based program focused on pre- and post-assessments of children’s knowledge of good dental health. Presentations included readings of children’s stories on dental care and demonstrating proper brushing and flossing techniques with stuffed animals. Each child received a light-up tooth brush, tooth paste, and dental floss.
Melissa Miner, campus coordinator of nursing at Penn State Fayette, said, “This is a great opportunity for our nursing students to apply theory learned in their nursing courses in a community setting. Dental tooth decay is preventable with the correct knowledge provided at an early age.”