Dental screening program succeeds despite brutal winter

BELTON, Mo., (Apr. 15, 2018) – Cass Community Health Foundation (CCHF) concluded their annual dental screening program in March, screening 4,885 students in Cass County and Grandview schools.

Half of the screenings are scheduled for the fall and the remaining half are typically completed in February during National Children’s Dental Health Month. Because of winter weather and school cancellations, 8 screenings were rescheduled.

“Despite icy roads, school cancellations, and hours of reorganizing volunteers, our screening program helped more children than ever,” Katie Schroeder, CCHF outreach coordinator said. “By screening nearly 5,000 children, we were able to address immediate dental needs in our community and direct those in need to the care they deserve.”

CCHF provided free dental screenings for youth in all 10 of Cass County’s school districts and the Grandview C-4 School District. The Belton and Harrisonville Head Start programs also participated. Among the 4,885 screened, 23% were in need of care. CCHF and Cass County Dental Clinic are continuing to work with school nurses to ensure these students receive the dental services they need, including referrals to the clinic for underserved children and teens.

The screenings also include oral health education, oral hygiene supplies and two free fluoride varnish treatments for children with parent consent. During the 2018-2019 screenings, approximately 61% of students received fluoride varnish applications.

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