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, Allegheny, and Fayette Counties in southwestern, PA. The program also serves elementary schools in the area providing students with a hands-on learning experience.
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 hygienist should contact Bridget Haas at 724-852-1001 ext. 1441 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.