Mobile dentistry program begins at Jane Phillips Elementary School

posted Sep 20, 2017, 11:46 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 11:47 AM ]

The first session for oral health screenings and preventative services from Smile, It’s Healthy were conducted earlier this week at Jane Phillips Elementary School. A follow-up session in the fall will complete restorative services. In March, preventative services will recur, with restorative services completed at a subsequent session.

The Bartlesville Board of Education approved an agreement in July with Smile, It’s Healthy LLC. The organization is setting up  a mobile dentistry program at Jane Phillips Elementary School four times during the 2017-2018 school year to provide free routine cleaning, x-rays, and restorative services for participating students. At the board meeting on July 17, it was explained that parents decide whether or not to opt-in to the program, which provides oral health screening and preventative cleaning along with cavity fillings, crowns, simple extractions, and pulpotomies as needed. The program serves Medicaid/CHIP-eligible students, opt-in insurance students, and opt-in uninsured students. 

A consent form was distributed in advance for interested parents to complete and return. When services are performed, parents will receive a report describing the treatment and what was billed to governmental assistance programs and other entities, allowing the service to be provided free of charge to the parents and the district.

Jane Phillips Elementary School is located at 1500 SW Rogers Avenue in Bartlesville. It serves many families with financial needs, with almost all of its students eligible for services such as free/reduced lunches. Principal Kevin Brown said, “We are very excited that we can offer this service to the students and parents of Jane Phillips. The students will benefit from having better oral health, and the parents benefit because they don’t have to take off work to get the kids to the dentist. In addition, the school will benefit because the students will be more healthy and ready to learn, with the kids only missing a few minutes of class to see the dentist. It is a win for everyone.”

The dentistry organization reports that 60% of children have some form of tooth decay, fewer than 20% of Medicaid and CHIP-eligible (Children’s Medicaid) children see a dentist, and only 20% of dentists nationwide provide care for Medicaid-eligible patients.It is estimated that 350 students could benefit from the services, reducing school hours lost to poor oral hygiene and improving outcomes for students.

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Jane Phillips Elementary students received oral health screenings and preventative services from Smile, It’s Healthy on September 18, 2017.

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