Cass Community Health Foundation reaches thousands of students during dental screenings

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Mar. 14, 2017)– Nearly 4,000 students in Cass County and surrounding area schools were screened during Cass Community Health Foundation’s (CCHF) free dental screenings during the 2016-2017 academic year.

CCHF and its safety net dental clinic, Cass County Dental Clinic, partnered with Missouri Oral Health Preventive Services to provide access to improved dental health for students K-12.The screenings were conducted 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.

In these school districts, 3,953 children were screened, a 5 percent increase over the number of children screened during the 2015-2016 school year. Of those screened, 41 percent received a fluoride varnish application. Approximately 20 percent of the children screened were in need of further care. Cass County Dental Clinic works with the low-income students and their families to coordinate proper care.

“Our safety-net dental clinic can provide several resources for uninsured or underinsured families in Cass County,” Cynthia Randazzo, CCHF president said. “As we continue to increase the number of students screened each year, we are also able to expand on our abilities to teach youth about proper oral hygiene and share its importance with their families. Our screenings are an important stepping stone to prolonged oral health.”

The screenings include oral health education, oral hygiene supplies and, with parental consent, two fluoride varnish applications. Chase Coffman, NFL tight end, Missouri Hall of Famer and Ray-Pec High School graduate, attended the final fluoride varnish application at Harrisonville Elementary School. Coffman is an advocate for Cass Community Health Foundation and oral health for area youth.

“Good oral health is essential to overall health,” Coffman said. “Cass Community Health Foundation and Cass County Dental Clinic provide dental services that are vital to the well-being of kids in our community. As a father of two young children, I understand how important their work is.”

Call 816-276-4218 for more information about Cass Community Health Foundation, Cass County Dental Clinic and their free dental screenings.