Good Oral Health affects many factors in a child's life.
An estimated 51 million school hours per year are lost due to dental-related illness.
Early tooth loss caused by dental decay can result in failure to thrive, impaired speech development, absence from and inability to concentrate in school, and reduced self-esteem.
Children who take a test while they have toothaches are unlikely to score as well as those children who are undistracted by pain.
When children's acute dental problems are treated and they are not experiencing pain, their learning and school attendance records improve.
Smile for Life continues to provide exceptional school based oral health education programs to Head Start and Elementary children in Greene, Washington and Fayette Counties in southwestern, PA. The program also serves elementary schools in the Tri County area providing students with a hands-on learning experience.
The Smile for Life program provides more than 5,000 children per year with new toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss and oral health education. Their parents receive information about CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) and Medicaid. Last year, we began following up the school-based programming with mobile dental services. We have expanded the mobile dental program to include all Head Start programs in four school districts in Greene County, PA and three districts each in Fayette and Washington Counties.
The mobile unit continues to expand services throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania and any district interested in mobile dental services which include a dental exam by a licensed dentist and dental cleaning performed by a licensed public dental health hygenist should contact Bridget Haas at 724-852-100 ext 303 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Services are provided at no cost to school districts. Insurances are billed for children with insurance coverage. The parents of uninsured children are connected with Health Insurance Navigators to assist them in obtaining health insurance for their families. Some service fees may be covered by grant funding.