Cass Community Health Foundation to screen 5,000 youth

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Sept. 18, 2017) – Every fall, Cass Community Health Foundation (CCHF) begins a commitment to providing 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. This school year, CCHF will screen more than 5,000 students.

The 2017-2018 dental screenings began in September at McEowen Elementary, Harrisonville Elementary, Harrisonville Middle School and Harrisonville High School. Students were screened by dentists and registered dental hygienists and presented oral health education information and dental homecare supplies by other dental professionals and pre-dental students. Those with parental consent also received an application of fluoride varnish. Other community volunteers helped provide support for the screenings.

“I was more than happy to help with the annual Cass Community Health Foundation screenings. Since both myself and my children attended school at Harrisonville Elementary, it was great to see so many students participating and receiving the free dental screenings and applications of fluoride,” Rhita Zaroor, CCHF volunteer and Harrisonville resident, said. “It’s a great program for the community and so easy to volunteer for.”

More than 1,100 Harrisonville students were screened in just three days with 22 percent exhibiting untreated tooth decay. These students are referred to Cass County Dental Clinic and other local dentists to begin treatment plans.

CCHF will provide dental screenings, fluoride varnish treatments and oral health education at Belton Head Start, Cass Midway Elementary, Cass Midway High School, Conn-West Elementary, Drexel Elementary, Drexel High School, East Lynne Elementary, Harrisonvile Head Start, Martin City Elementary and Strasburg Elementary later this fall. Additional schools will be screened in January and February to reach a total of 5,000 students.