Cass Community Health Foundation expands dental screening program

BELTON, Mo., (Mar. 1, 2018) – Cass Community Health Foundation (CCHF) completed their yearly dental screening program during National Children’s Dental Health Month in February.

CCHF provides free dental screenings for youth in Cass County and surrounding community schools throughout the school year. During the 2016-2017 school year, CCHF partnered with their safety-net dental clinic, Cass County Dental Clinic, to screen nearly 4,000 students in the Archie, Belton, Drexel, East Lynne, Grandview, Harrisonville, Midway, Raymore-Peculiar and Strasburg school districts. The Adrian, Belton and Harrisonville Head Start programs also participated.

National Children’s Oral Health Foundation and Prime Health Foundation in Kansas City provided additional funding to expand the dental screening program in select districts. Nearly 5,000 students were screened during the 2017-2018 school year.

“Our dental screening program can be the first experience Cass County children have with dental care. The generosity of National Children’s Oral Health Foundation and Prime Health Foundation has allowed us to extend our services to thousands of students and create more opportunities for improved oral health in the area,” Cynthia Randazzo, CCHF president, said.

The screenings include oral health education, oral hygiene supplies and, with parental consent, two fluoride varnish applications. Dentists, registered dental hygienists, other dental professionals, pre-dental students and community members volunteer their time at the screenings.

Click here for more information about the dental screening program.