Hillcrest Dental Care Visits Local Schools for National Children’s Health Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hillcrest Dental Care, Inc.
788 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Hillcrest Dental Care Visits Local Schools for National Children’s Health Month

PITTSFIELD, Mass. March 1, 2016—In celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month this February, Hillcrest Dental Care, Inc. (HDC) began another exciting round of school visits through our Oral Health Education Outreach Program, and has extended it through the month of March in order to reach as many school-aged children as possible.

Thanks to the generosity of the MDS Foundation, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Central Berkshire Fund, Greylock Federal Credit Union, and Hillcrest Hospital, we have raised funds to expand the program this year and aim to teach 1,500 children in 30 different schools and day care centers about the benefits of good oral health care and proper nutrition. The program provides information and resources to children and parents about dental benefits for children, increases awareness of oral health services offered by many, and, most importantly, increases access to oral health care for children and their families.

HDC sends licensed registered Dental Hygienists out to schools and day care centers to introduce students to the basics of good oral health with hands-on, engaging classroom presentations. Each presentation is tailored to the age and cognitive functioning of the group’s presentations. HDC uses interactive games and props during presentations teach the importance of nutrition and proper oral health care.

As a bonus, all children in attendance receive a toothbrush, toothpaste, and school supplies as well as brochures for parents including information on good oral hygiene practices. These materials provide essential knowledge to children and parents about the connection between good oral health and the total health of the body with the primary focus on the important role of dental clinics as providers of compassionate care and comprehensive services.

Schools and Day Care facilities visited:
The Tot Spot
Craneville Elementary School
Becket Washington
Kittredge Elementary
Berkshire Christian School
Lee Elementary
Cheshire
Adams Head Start
Monument Square
…and more

Hillcrest Dental Office Manager Tricia Hunt said, “Starting your child off with good dental care can help protect their teeth for decades to come. Children need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food, speak and have a good-looking smile and Hillcrest is dedicated to doing our part to help make this happen”.

About Hillcrest Educational Foundation, Inc.:

A top area employer, Hillcrest Educational Foundation is a local, private not-for-profit parent company of three subsidiaries and one affiliate agency. They include:

  • Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc. providing therapeutic treatment and special education to children and adolescents with unique psychological and learning needs in Berkshire County, Massachusetts and the Northeast. Their campuses include a day student academy, and autism program, and three residential schools.
  • Hillcrest Community Support Services offers a broad range of psychological services, counseling and evaluations for individuals, families and schools in Berkshire County through Hillcrest Community Support Services.
  • Hillcrest Dental Care, Inc. is a complete general family dentistry practice and the largest provider in Western Massachusetts of oral healthcare services to MassHealth recipients and special needs patients. Hillcrest Dental Care has two locations; one in Pittsfield, MA and one in North Adams, MA
  • Berkshire County Kids’ Place and Violence Prevention Center, Inc., an affiliate of Hillcrest, is a fully accredited Children’s Advocacy Center for child abuse victims and their non-offending family members located at 63 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.

Hillcrest’s Administrative Offices are located at 788 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. More information is available at www.hillcrestec.org or by contacting Katrina Cardillo, kcardillo@hillcrestec.org or (413) 499-7924 x114. Hillcrest can also be found on Facebook.

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Media Contact:
Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc.
Katrina Cardillo
Director of Communications
413-499-7924 ext. 114
kcardillo@hillcrestec.org

 

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