For the third year in a row, children from the Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center eagerly took part in the school-based Preventive Services Program (PSP). Just as eager to participate in this annual event were the Dental Hygiene students from Missouri College. “Overall, it’s a great program. We get a pretty good response.” said Michelle Davis, the Maplewood Richmond Heights School Nurse. The Dental Hygiene students from Missouri College will return to the center in the spring to provide a second application of fluoride varnish.
Pictured below are Mary Steward and 5 year old Charlotte “Charlie” Darst.
Pictured below are the graduating students participating in this year’s PSP event at the Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center from left to right; Mary Steward, Autumn Slape, Erin Stelbrink, Krystle Mainini, Alysia Townsend and Brandi Jackson.
Henry Elementary School in Clinton partnered with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Preventive Services Program (PSP) for students in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth. Over 500 children received an oral screening, two cavity prevention fluoride varnish applications (second application to be applied in fall 2012), oral health instructions and a free toothbrush and toothpaste. Three local dental hygienists conducted the oral screenings and several school nurses, nurse aids, and 21 trained occupational health students assisted with the fluoride varnish applications. The data collected during the oral screenings help identify students with unmet dental needs.
Below: Andra Ferguson, a local dental hygienist, conducts an oral screening on a Henry Elementary student during the elementary school oral health event on April 23, 2012.
It was a very smooth day at Canton R-V Elementary School, as 240 students from the schools’ Early Childhood Development Program through the 6th grade received their second application of fluoride varnish for the 2011-2012 school year. According to Diane Jorgensen, RN, school nurse, “The six ‘seasoned’ volunteers were able to stay ahead of schedule throughout the day, giving us an opportunity to treat them to a leisurely lunch, as meager payment for a job well-done.” Pictured below is volunteer Carla Steinbeck, with student, Damen Laudell (1st photo) and again with student, Jacob Meyer (2nd photo).
Utilizing students from professional programs to implement PSP in a community is a fantastic way to introduce them to community service. Each year under the supervision of faculty, students from the Missouri College’s Dental Hygiene Program in St. Louis get to take part in such an experience as they rotate between various schools in the area to provide dental screenings, fluoride varnish and oral health education. According to many of the students the experience is not only fun, but helps build their confidence as well.
Pictured here are Missouri College students, Kristopher Franz and Lesa Brewer and children from the Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center.
On Thursday November 3, Hannah G. McClellan accepted an award from Missouri College on behalf of the Institute for Family Medicine. The award was in recognition of the partnership that the Institute has with the Missouri College Dental Hygiene Program and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Preventive Services Program. Through this collaboration, 358 young children in St. Louis and the surrounding area received dental screenings, fluoride varnish and a referral. In addition, 682 young children benefited from the oral hygiene education provided by the dental hygiene students this past fall. The Institute for Family Medicine has been a partner with PSP since 2008.
Pictured here from left to right are Trina Morgan, Missouri College Dental Hygiene Program Chair, Hannah G. McClellan, Program Manager at the Institute for Family Medicine and Karl Petersen, Missouri College President.