New Haven Elementary Students Participate in the “Healthy Smiles” Fluoride Varnish Program

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Pictured above seated (left to right): Dr. Jackie Miller, Dr. Jenifer Moser, Dr. Hartman, and Dr. Walde. Standing left to right: Evelyn Lucas, Susan Legg, Melissa Sumpter, Stephanie NIcks, Racheal Geisler, Andrea Keethler, Patty Groner, Racheal Vandegriffe, Gia Eichelberger, Tracy Laune, Michelle Fitts and Lya Struckhoff

Students at New Haven Elementary School bared their teeth for a good cause, it was Healthy Smiles day! Several area dentists, a hygienist, and parent volunteers spared their valuable time to help with the worthy cause on Tues. morning, Oct. 25, 2011.

Nearly 200 elementary students participated in the annual “Healthy Smiles” Oral Health Preventative Services program.  This yearly program is a community supported program, as area dental professionals volunteer their valuable time to come into the school and complete oral dental screenings on the students.  Helpful parent volunteers then guarantee a healthy smile with a finishing touch of fluoride varnish applied to the teeth. Parents are notified of the screening results, along with any advice for needed follow-up care due to identified concerns. This yearly program is monitored and its supplies are offered as a free service to all students through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Pictured right: Dr. Walde checks a students teeth for cavities.

Additional training for healthy oral hygiene is presented to the Elementary Students prior to the Health Smiles program and throughout the remaining school year to encourage healthy habits for oral care of their teeth. To complete the varnish application process, a second application is scheduled for April 2012.

Dental professionals volunteering their time this year were: Dr. Jennifer Moser DDS of New Haven Dental Care of New Haven, MO; Dr. Kevin Walde DDS MS PC of Walde Orthodontic Associates of Washington, MO; Dr. Jackie Miller DDS of Tri-County Orthodontics of Washington, MO; Dr. Nathan Hartman DDS of Hermann Family Dental of Hermann, MO; Dental Assistant Stephanie Nicks, and Oral Hygienist Rachael Vandegriffe.

Parents volunteering their time were;  Lya Struckhoff, Evelyn Lucas, Michelle Fitts, Tracy Laune, Patty Groner, Susan Legg, Rachel Geisler, Melissa Sumpter, Andrea Keethler, and Gia Eichelberger.