LFCC Dental Hygiene Students Give Back to the Community

For Immediate Release:
February 11, 2009

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
svoth@lfcc.edu
Phone: 540-868-7134

MIDDLETOWN, Va. – As a community service project, Lord Fairfax Community College’s (LFCC) dental hygiene students and faculty will be participating in the 15th annual Community Wellness Festival at the Apple Blossom Mall on Feb. 28, 2009.

At the event, LFCC’s dental hygiene students will distribute toothbrushes and floss and provide instruction about proper oral hygiene. Under the supervision of a local dentist, the students will perform oral cancer screenings. In addition to handing out dental goodies, an LFCC student will dress up as a tooth fairy to meet and greet children at the event and tell them stories about visiting the dentist.

“This is an excellent opportunity to educate the public about dental health and how to prevent dental decay and gum disease,” said Linda Gill, coordinator for dental hygiene at LFCC. “In addition, the oral cancer screening will help to detect oral cancer in its early stages and refer the person for evaluation if any lesions are found, thus helping to save a life. The students will also discuss the impact of smoking and smokeless tobacco on the oral tissues and tobacco cessation to help prevent oral cancer.”

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Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.

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