School Based Health Centers
A Health Center delivers quality, age-appropriate health care so that children are ready to learn. Healthy minds and bodies help children succeed academically. Staff provides programs on wellness, disease prevention, health promotion and general health management
The staff in a Health Center may include a nurse practitioner, a physician assistant, a dental hygienist, a dental assistant, a mental health professional, a registered or licensed practical nurse, a health aide and support staff.
Community Based Dental Programs
Services: May include: a dental screening, cleaning, fluoride treatment (which may possibly be applied two times during the school year), sealants and if needed, referrals for prescriptions and dental emergencies.
The CCHS School Based Dental staff utilizes progressive mobile dental equipment and follows all regulations regarding appropriate sterilization, safety and health procedures. Whenever your child is seen by the School Based Dental staff, a note is sent home that details the visit. You will receive information on your child’s oral health status as well as a list of the services provided during the visit. Additionally, a report on your child’s visit is shared with your child’s dentist, if you list one on the enrollment form. Services available to the students include review of health history, examination of the mouth, cleaning and fluoride treatments, dental sealants, dietary advice, home care instructions, referrals to dental care and a tooth care kit.
Would you like to enroll your child in the School-Based Dental Program? The program is open to all public school students. Insurances and Medical Assistance will be billed when possible. Students without insurance may be billed on a sliding fee scale. After a child is seen by the School-Based Dental Staff, a note is sent home detailing the visit and a report of the visit is also shared with the child’s Dentist.
WIC Fluoride Program
Choptank Community Health in collaboration with your local county WIC offices provides a WIC Fluoride application program right in your community. A Registered Hygienist is available in the WIC offices at least once monthly, to provide a dental screening and apply Fluoride for the children of parents receiving WIC benefits.
Dental caries (cavities) is an infectious, transmissible disease in which bacterial by-products (i.e., acids) dissolve the hard surfaces of teeth. Unchecked, the bacteria can penetrate the dissolved surface, attack the underlying dentin, and reach the soft pulp tissue. Dental caries can result in loss of tooth structure, pain, and tooth loss and can progress to acute systemic infection. 1.
Per the ADA, cavities used to be a fact of life. But over the past few decades, tooth decay has been reduced dramatically. The key reason: fluoride. Research has shown that fluoride reduces cavities in both children and adults. It also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay becomes visible. Fluoride is like any other nutrient; it is safe and effective when used appropriately. It is recommended that infants and children should have fluoride varnish applied to their teeth when baby teeth appear.
Oral health information is shared with parents, those not yet connected with a dentist will be given recourses to enable them to establish their Dental Home.
For more information regarding the WIC Fluoride program contact your local WIC office or Choptank Community Health.
CDC – Recommendations for Using Fluoride to Prevent and Control Dental Caries in the United States