Back to school, back to the dentist

HARRISONVILLE, Mo., (August 8, 2016) – Another summer of laid-back fun is coming to a close. Cass Community Health Foundation is accepting new patients at the Cass County Dental Clinic to help families get back into the routine of school and regular visits to the dentist.

Amanda Hetrick, Harrisonville resident and mother of three, made an appointment for her two school-aged children late this summer.

“There are not many dentists who accept Medicaid, so we came to the Cass County Dental Clinic. We aren’t going anywhere now,” Hetrick said. “They are friendly and very nice to my kids. It’s a convenient experience. If I don’t call to make an appointment, they call us. They really care.”

Cass County Dental Clinic provides services to children and adolescents from birth through age 20 who are insured by Missouri Medicaid or are low-income uninsured. These services include x-rays, exams, fillings, extractions, crowns, root canals, cleanings, sealants and fluoride varnish. Cass County Dental Clinic treated more than 2,700 children in 2015.

Many families aren’t aware of the importance of dental visits while preparing to send their children back to school. Oral disease and pain can negatively affect children’s school performance.

According to the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, untreated pain and infection caused by tooth decay can result in problems with eating, speaking and learning.

“Improved oral health leads to overall health,” Cynthia Randazzo, Cass Community Health Foundation president, said. “Neglecting your children’s oral pain can affect their ability to learn. Proper dental care can help parents ensure their children are succeeding academically.”

Children too young to attend school also have the opportunity to received proper dental care this fall. Cass Community Health Foundation and the Cass County Dental Clinic will host Smiles from the Start, a program to improve the oral health of infant and toddlers in the Cass County area. The program is 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 17 and Wednesday, August 31 at Raymore Christian Church. Participants will learn how to care for baby teeth, when to visit the dentist, tips for weaning and much more. It is a free program for expecting parents and those with children less than three years of age. Call 816-276-4812 or email to register.

Cass Community Health Foundation supports Clinic locations in both Belton and Harrisonville, Missouri. Location hours can be found here. Call 816-322-7600 to schedule an appointment.