One of our first ventures out into a community site (not including schools) was the Beltrami WIC clinic. We were able to help many children get their teeth cleaned (a lot of whom had never been to a dentist before) and educate their mom and dad about the importance of getting their child to the dentist every six months. It is recommended by the American Dental Association that a child visits a dentist as soon as his or her first tooth erupts, but at least no later than their first birthday. This will help get the child comfortable with the dentist and will give the parents more education about home care for the child's teeth. We were thrilled with our experience in the Beltrami County WIC clinic and we are hoping to appear in more WIC clinics soon!
We had a very busy month in January and there was no slowing down when February rolled around! We were able to visit JW Smith Elementary at the end of January to provide Oral Health Education to all of the children in the school. We then came back into the school beginning on February 6th and stayed for over a week so we could see all of the kids that signed up to get their teeth screened and cleaned! We were very happy to see you all and we are glad that you all knew a lot about brushing and eating healthy foods to keep your mouth and body healthy!
Northern Dental Access Center has received a grant from Healthier Minnesota Community Clinic Fund which consists of a portable dental unit. A team which consists of a Dental Hygienist and a Dental Assistant will be able to perform preventative services such as cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, oral health instruction, and screening for decay and other oral health problems. Our goals include preventative services and proper referrals for the elimination of pain and disease for this under served population, as well as to provide education and increasing awareness of oral health and it's impact on overall wellness throughout our community.
Click Here to download a Child's Medical History Consent Form. (it will need to be filled out completely to be seen for preventative services.)