BELTON, Mo., (Apr. 20, 2020) – Cass Community Health Foundation (CCHF) conducted dental screenings at 33 schools in Cass County and Grandview school districts before schools closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Nearly 4,500 students received a free dental screening during the 2019-2020 academic year.
“Fortunately, a majority of our screenings were completed before students were sent home,” Katie Schroeder, CCHF director of dental programs said. “Only one screening was scheduled after stay-at-home and social distancing orders took effect, meaning we were still able to monitor the oral health of thousands of kids in our community.”
CCHF provided free dental screenings for students in the Archie, Belton, Cass Midway, Drexel, East Lynne, Grandview, Harrisonville, Pleasant Hill, Raymore-Peculiar, Sherwood and Strasburg school districts. The Belton and Harrisonville Head Start programs also participated. Among the 4,497 screened, 20% had untreated cavities. CCHF worked with school nurses to help coordinate follow-up dental care. Students who were low-income uninsured or insured by Missouri Medicaid were referred to CCHF’s safety net dental clinic for underserved children and teens, Cass County Dental Clinic.
The screenings, completed in partnership with the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services-Office of Dental Health, also include oral health education, oral hygiene supplies and two free fluoride varnish treatments for children with parent consent. During the 2019-2020 screenings, 64% of students received fluoride varnish applications.
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