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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.

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