OGH Offering Dental Care to Kids
Posted on: 02/28/2014
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Supported by the American Dental Association (ADA), the intent of Dental Month is to raise awareness about the importance of children’s oral health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one out of every five U.S. children has untreated cavities. The rate is 19.5 percent for kids between ages 2 and 5 and 22.9 percent in youngsters between 6 and 19. The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools says dental problems have a big effect on the American school day. Students lose more than 51 million school hours every year because of illnesses related to dental problems.
In an effort to improve the overall oral health of children in the region, Olean General Hospital participates in two unique programs which bring dental care directly to children in the community at no cost to parents. As part of OGH’s Mobile School-Based Dental Program, dentists and hygienists offer children dental hygiene education, dental exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments and if necessary, dental sealants and simple tooth removal.
The Chompers Program
Under the Chompers Program, part of Project Head Start, a dentist and hygienist from OGH visit area Head Start Centers and provide children dental health education, tooth brushing and flossing instructions. Children enrolled in this program also receive a dental exam, a dental cleaning and a fluoride treatment. The program can provide dental fillings, simple tooth removal if needed, as well as referrals to a pediatric dentist if the procedure cannot be performed in a school setting.
Participating Head Start Centers include Olean, Delevan, and Salamanca. For more information on the Chompers Program, call 716-373-2447.
Under the Sealant Program a dentist and hygienist from OGH visits area schools to offer enrolled children a dental exam, a fluoride treatment and if needed, sealants placed on the biting surface of permanent teeth to help prevent tooth decay.
Currently participating schools include Ellicottville Central School, Salamanca City Schools, East View Elementary, Washington West Elementary, Pioneer Central Schools, Olean Middle School, Hinsdale Central School, and Cuba-Rushford Central School.
For more information on the Sealant Program, call 716-375-7529.
Under both programs if additional treatment is needed, it can be done at OGH’s Gundlah Dental Center, the Delevan Health Center or at the child’s personal dentist. There is no cost to parents under either program. If the child has dental insurance, the insurance company will be billed. If the child does not have dental insurance, grant funding will cover the cost of the services.Back to Article List
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