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Healthy, Happy Smiles

Bright smiles and happy faces are the rewards a dental hygiene student gets for a job well done at the Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center. Earlier in the school year, the preschool children at this center took part in a dental screening and fluoride varnish event. One happy camper, four-year-old Roniyah Stewart, joyfully displays her pearly whites during a return visit from the hygiene students after she received a second application of fluoride varnish.

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Pictured below are dental hygiene students Kaley Hubbs, Cara Schuler, Stephanie Abraham, Cheryl Hunt, Evgenyia Alworth, Kveta Holmes and Lynette Wills from Missouri College.

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UMKC Pre-Dental Students Participate in Department of Health Oral Health Program

The Gillis Home for Boys School in Kansas City, MO partnered with the Department of Health and Senior Services Preventive Services Program (PSP) for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eleventh on March 9, 2013. Thirty students received an oral screening, oral health instructions and a free toothbrush & toothpaste. Ten UMKC Pre-Dental Students assisted with serving as recorders for the two hygienists conducting the oral screenings and also provided the oral health education component for the students. The data collected during the oral screenings help identify students with unmet dental needs.

UMKC Pre-Dental Students Participate in Department of Health Oral Health Program

 

UMKC Pre-Dental Students Participate in Department of Health Oral Health Program

 

New Haven Elementary Participates in Healthy Smiles Fluoride Varnish Program

Loads of Healthy Smiles were recently covered with fluoride varnish, during the New Haven Elementary School Fluoride Varnish Program. This community supported program was very successful, as approximately 100 students from Kindergarten through the 3rd grade gladly bared their teeth to the volunteers participating in the program. Two area dentists and a hygienist volunteered their time to perform screenings for caries, as well as for other dental issues. After the screening, parent volunteers applied the varnish to the healthy smiles.
New Haven Elementary Participates in Healthy Smiles Fluoride Varnish Program

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 the above volunteers helped make smiles at New Haven Elementary School brighter! Pictured left to right in the front row: Amber Kocinski, Dr. Jackie Miller, Dr. Jenifer Moser. Second row: Tara Anderson, Kay Politte, Stephanie Nicks, Crystal Kopmann. Back row: Evelyn Lucas, Susan Legg Anita Frater and Virginia Jones.

New Haven Elementary Participates in Healthy Smiles Fluoride Varnish Program

Hygienist Amber Kocinski screens first grade student, Dale Groppe.

New Haven Elementary Participates in Healthy Smiles Fluoride Varnish Program

Dr. Jackie Miller screens first grade student, Brandon Canania.

New Haven Elementary Participates in Healthy Smiles Fluoride Varnish Program

Dr. Jenifer Moser screens first grade student, William Petty.

New Haven Elementary Participates in Healthy Smiles Fluoride Varnish Program

Sophia Long, a kindergartener, gets a brush of fluoride by volunteer Crystal Kopmann.

New Haven Elementary Participates in Healthy Smiles Fluoride Varnish Program

Volunteer Tara Anderson reloads her brush while Kindergarten student, Kaitlyn Taylor, patiently awaits her first application of varnish.

New Haven Elementary Participates in Healthy Smiles Fluoride Varnish Program

Kindergartener Trevor Grater puts on a big smile for his mother, Anita Grater, who volunteered to help with Healthy Smiles.

New Haven Elementary Participates in Healthy Smiles Fluoride Varnish Program

Volunteer Virginia Jones kept busy by keeping active students, like Logan and Lucas Struckhoff, busy while they awaited their turn for screenings and varnish application.

New Haven Elementary Participates in Healthy Smiles Fluoride Varnish Program

Volunteer Susan Legg made sure that the varnish was applied extremely well on all teeth for 3rd grade student, Seth Malawey.

New Haven Elementary Students Participate in the “Healthy Smiles” Fluoride Varnish Program

Students at New Haven Elementary School bared their teeth for a good cause, it was Healthy Smiles day! Several area dentists, a hygienist, and parent volunteers spared their valuable time to help with the worthy cause on October 25, 2011.

Nearly 200 elementary students participated in the annual “Healthy Smiles” oral health Preventive Services Program. This yearly program is a community-supported program, as area dental professionals volunteer their valuable time to come into the school and complete oral dental screenings on the students. Helpful parent volunteers then guarantee a healthy smile with a finishing touch of fluoride varnish applied to the teeth. Parents are notified of the screening results, along with any advice for needed follow-up care due to identified concerns. This yearly program is monitored and the supplies are offered as a free service to all students through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Additional training for healthy oral hygiene is presented to the elementary students prior to the Healthy Smiles program and throughout the remaining school year to encourage healthy habits for oral care of their teeth. To complete the varnish application process, a second application is scheduled for April 2012.

Pictured in the attached photograph: Seated (left to right): Dr. Jackie Miller DDS of Tri-County Orthodontics in Washington, Dr. Jenifer Moser DDS of New Haven Dental Care in New Haven, Dr. Nathan Hartman DDS of Hermann Family Dental in Hermann, and Dr. Kevin Walde DDS MS PC of Walde Orthodontic Associates in Washington. Standing left to right: Evelyn Lucas, Susan Legg, Melissa Sumpter, Stephanie Nicks DA, Rachael Geisler, Andrea Keethler, Patty Groner, Rachael Vandegriffe RDH, Gia Eichelberger, Tracy Laune, Michelle Fitts and Lya Struckhoff.