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Cass Community Health Foundation to offer free dental screenings in area school districts

Screening at Cass Midway

BELTON, Mo., (Sept. 1, 2022) – Cass Community Health Foundation will provide their annual school-based dental screening program to Cass County and Grandview schools in September, October, and November.

The screenings provide oral health education, oral hygiene supplies, and, with parental consent, two free fluoride varnish applications to students. Cass Community Health Foundation recruits local dentists, dental hygienists, and community members to volunteer their time as screeners, varnishers, or data recorders. The foundation then works with school nurses to ensure the children screened receive the dental services they need. Those insured by Missouri Medicaid or uninsured and low-income are referred to the foundation’s safety net dental clinic, Cass County Dental Clinic.

“Our lineup of fall dental screenings is full. We have will likely screen more than 4,000 students in the coming months,” Katie Schroeder, Cass Community Health Foundation director of dental programs, said. “This is essential as oral health plays a vital role in the ability to learn.”

Cass Community Health Foundation will visit schools in Archie, Belton, Drexel, East Lynne, Grandview, Harrisonville, Pleasant Hill, Sherwood, and Strasburg this fall. Community members interested in volunteering can sign up and learn more about our school-based dental screening program at casscommunityhealth.org.