To celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month, fourth-year intern students from the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists will staff an interactive oral health exhibit at the Museum of Science in Boston from February 15-24. The Forsyth students will help museum visitors investigate a simulated dental chair with the aim of promoting understanding of the dental profession from a clinician's perspective. The hands-on exhibit will be supplemented with oral health messages from dental hygienists.
The special oral health exhibit will be set up in the Museum's permanent Human Body Connection exhibit. "The Museum of Science welcomes the opportunity to offer visitors important information on dental hygiene," says Lucy Kirshner, Human Body Connection Program Manager for the Museum. "With the help of Museum of Science volunteers and students from Forsyth, exhibit-goers can experience a simulated trip to a dental clinic and ask one-on-one dental health questions."
The oral health exhibit is free with Exhibit Hall admission to the Museum. Exhibit Hall admission is $11 for adults; $8 for seniors (65+); and children (3-11). Exhibit Hall hours are 9 am-5 pm; Fridays 9 am-9 pm. Exhibit Hall hours will be extended from February 16-24 during Massachusetts School Vacation Week. Extended hours are 9am-7 pm; Friday 9 am-9 pm.
The Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists recognizes Dr. Charles Millstein, who conceived the idea for the exhibit; Brian Kline and Richard Ray of A-dec Inc.of Newberg, Oregon for donating use of the simulator unit during the exhibit; Michael Delaporta of Lexics of Lexington, Massachusetts for the camera and video equipment; and the Forsyth students and staff who developed and will staff the exhibit.