Nashville Campus Community Service Event Focuses on Dental Hygiene, Child Safety, and More On June 15, 2011, students and faculty in the Dental Hygiene degree program at Remington College - Nashville Campus partnered with the American Dental Hygienists' Association to host a child safety and forensics event for children from local Nashville-area clubs, summer camps, and day care centers. Aspiring Dental Hygienists Help Their Local Community A group of 34 of our Dental Hygiene students took part, and a total of 75 children and their parents attended the event. Under the guidance of our students and instructors, the children, all between the ages of 4 and 18, received dental hygiene education as well as created a take-home safety and forensic identification kit that includes their height and weight, a Toothprint® (that is, an individualized bite registration with DNA capture), a set of fingerprints, and an ID photo for their parents to keep on file. They also received basic instruction on oral healthcare and some complimentary oral hygiene supplies, including toothbrushes and floss. Additionally, all of the participating children and their parents were given coupons for a complimentary dental cleaning, fluoride treatment, and dental inspection (for referral purposes). All of these services are provided at our on-Campus dental hygiene clinic. A Valuable Learning Experience for Nashville Dental Hygiene Students The event gave our Dental Hygiene students a valuable hands-on opportunity to apply their learned skills while giving something back to the local community. "It was a privilege to be asked to partner with our national professional organization in an event like this," said Dental Hygiene Program Chair Ann Dickinson, adding, "It gave our students practical experience in the development, implementation, and evaluation of an actual community health program and made the theory we cover in the classroom really 'come alive.' " For more information on the Toothprints® process, see http://www.toothprints.info.