Dental disease is the most common disease of childhood. Fifty two million school hours are LOST each year due to oral health problems. Annually, more than 60% of school aged children do not receive dental care.
The Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Surgeon General Office recommend in-school outreach programs, such as those coordinated by Smile Programs, as an effective means to overcome the most common barriers to dental care, i.e. lack of transportation; insufficient financial resources; lack of providers willing to service low-income communities and a failure to properly prioritize oral health issues.
How Smile Programs Works:
Smile Programs’ mission is to ensure dental services to children often left without care. The dental team provides a thorough dental examination or screening, dental cleaning, fluoride treatment, x-rays and sealants. Additionally, they can provide dental services that may include: fillings, simple extractions of baby teeth, and other minimally invasive procedures. Medicaid and most private insurances are accepted. No child is ever turned away for lack of resources.
Once Smile Programs & your school have set a date for a visit, we send you the required permission slips. We ask that you return those to us a few weeks before the visit so there is sufficient time to process the permission slips.
On the scheduled date, the dental team arrives at your school to set up the equipment a half hour before the school day starts. Each child is out of class for approximately one half hour and receives a report card detailing his/her dental check-up and a new toothbrush to take home.
If you have any questions please call Aleica Jenkins at 606-768-8057.