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Sealants for Smiles, Local Dental Professionals at Bench Elementary

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Sealants for Smiles and a group of local dental professionals offered students at Bench Elementary in Billings, MT preventative dental services at no cost to their families. Click here to view the full article and news clip!

Washington and Bench Elementary Schools partner with local dental offices to provide in-school tooth decay preventing services to children

(Billings, Mont.)—Washington and Bench Elementary Schools, in partnership with local dental professionals, will be providing enrolled children tooth decay preventing services at no cost to families.  The events will take place from 8:30 am to noon on Thursday, February 6 at Washington Elementary and Friday, February 7 at Bench Elementary.

WHO:

Washington and Bench Elementary Schools and local dental professionals 

WHAT:

In-school tooth decay preventing services at no cost to families

WHEN/WHERE:

Thursday , February 6, 2014 at Washington Elementary, 8:30 am – noon

Friday, February 7, 2014 at Bench Elementary, 8:30 am – noon

Dental health is vitally important to the overall child health and well-being.  Tooth decay is the number one chronic childhood disease, 11 times more common than hay-fever and 8 times more common than asthma.  Additionally, it is the single most common unmet childhood healthcare need in the US. Tooth decay and its resulting consequences (chronic pain, difficulties with speech, poor nutrition, self-esteem, and school performance) are nearly 100% preventable with appropriate and timely dental disease preventing techniques such as dental sealants and fluoride treatments.  Annually, children miss 52 million-school hours across the US due to dental disease.

In response to this national crisis, Washington and Bench Elementary Schools have partnered with local dental professionals to initiate a comprehensive program that provides at no-cost to families in-school tooth decay preventing services to children. Services provided to children in this program include dental screenings, dental sealants, fluoride treatments, toothbrushes and toothpaste, oral health education, coordination of care for children with treatment needs, and assistance to families in enrolling in Medicaid/CHIP.

 

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across the country.

Kids

Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Whether you’re a member of the dental team, a teacher or a parent, the ADA has free online resources that can help you with oral health presentations, ideas for the classroom and coloring and activity sheets that can be used as handouts. The ADA  also has booklets, videos and other materials available for purchase through the ADA Catalog.

Celebrate children’s dental health – schedule a tooth cleaning for your child, and don’t put off any dental work they may need.

Fun Activity Sheets for Kids

Check out these games, puzzles, cool coloring sheets and our smile calendar. Print out the collection and grab your markers! You’ll be on the road to a healthy smile in no time.

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