Buena Vista County dentists and dental hygienists will be teaming up with Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. to conduct dental screenings and sealant placement on second, sixth and seventh graders at the elementary schools and middle school in Storm Lake.
Consent forms and information have been sent home with all second, sixth and seveth graders.
Dates have been set up with the school, and clinics will be in October and November 2003.
Sealants are applied by painting a thin plastic material on the chewing surface of a tooth. This forms a coating that helps prevent tooth decay by keeping germs and food from getting into the deep pits and grooves of the teeth.
Most often, sealants are put on the permanent molar teeth, which erupt between the ages of five and 14. Almost all second graders will have their first permanent molars fully erupted.
The program will consist of two days at the school. The first day, dentists will be doing the dental screenings and deciding which teeth are eligible to be sealed.
If any other dental concerns are noted during this visit, the parents will be notified and the child will be referred to an appropriate dentist. About one week after the screenings, a dental hygenist will be placing sealants on all eligibile children.
The purpose of this program is to target those children with low access to dental care, those without dental insurance and those with insurance that doesn't pay for sealants.
Area dentists, hygienists, assistants and support staff involved include Dr. Rick Martin, D.D.S., Dr. Lisa Lindeman, D.D.S., Dr. Stanley Quick, D.D.S., hygienist Lisa Kirchner, dental assistant Julie Koekenhoff, dental assistant Deb Hoffmeyer and UDMO Maternal Child Health Program staffers Tami Meendering, Cheryl Rouse and Julie Erskine.