Canton Schools Teamed Up with Mass Children Healthy Smiles to Bring Dental Care to Students
Students received dental exams and care this month.
In recognition of National Dental Health Month, dental hygienists from MASS Children Healthy Smiles, LLC, provided dental care to children in the Canton Public Schools this month.
In particular their mission is to provide preventive services to those children who do not regularly see a dentist. This program is due in part to a grant awarded by the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine and is provided at no cost to the school or to the student and his/her family.
"We are always looking for ways to improve the health and well-being of the children in our care," Canton Schools Nurse Leader Janet Donnelly said. "Dental decay is the most common chronic disease in childhood. Maintaining good oral health is important to a child's overall good health and ability to learn. This was a great opportunity for several students to receive excellent dental care from highly qualified Dental Hygienists, as well as receiving a refresher training about the importance of good oral health and hygiene."
Children who returned completed forms with signed parental consent were able to receive dental screenings, cleanings, dental fluoride varnish, sealants, and dental care education. At the conclusion of the program, approximately 40 children in the Canton Public Schools who may not otherwise have had the chance to get dental care will have had received dental services.
The weeklong Dental Health recognition week ended with a free Oral Health Presentation for Parents given by Dream Smile Dental about important dental health issues and answer questions that concern parents.
-Contributed by Janet Donnelly.