by Cori Hilsgen
As we age, we develop more dental problems, making it harder for us to retain our teeth. With people living longer, it’s becoming more important to try to preserve those teeth.
Students in the St. Cloud Technical and Community College dental-hygiene program will offer some tips about aging and dental care from 9-10 a.m. Friday, March 28 at the Church of St. Joseph Heritage Hall.
Dental-hygiene instructor Barbara Henkemeyer noted the theme for the session will be “Keeping our smiles for a lifetime.”
Second-year dental-hygiene students Connie Schulz, Sara Rooney and Bekki Carriere will cover topics such as changes in the mouth as we age, dry mouth, cavities, bad breath, how to prevent or manage dental problems as we age, how poor oral health affects general health and the options to replace missing or broken teeth and more.
The three students are in their final year of dental-hygiene education. The college has a dental clinic on the campus that is open to the public for preventive dental services. Some of the services include oral cancer screenings, cleanings, radiographs, fluoride treatments, sealants, periodontal scaling, nutritional counseling, tobacco-cessation counseling and oral-hygiene instructions.
The dental session is hosted by the Church of St. Joseph Health and Wellness Committee. It’s free and open to the public. No registration is required.
Health-and-wellness minister Marjorie Henkemeyer said there is no limit to the number of people who can attend.
“It is just a wonderful opportunity to learn about aging and dental care and how good dental care can help maintain good general health,” Henkemeyer said.
For more information about services and fees or to schedule an appointment at the college, call 320-308-5919.