Reading, writing and oral health
January 02, 2018
For some kids, school-based dental clinics offer their only shot at getting preventive dental care or any other kind of dental care.
Recognizing the importance of school-based oral health, the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention's Prevention Subcommittee in December published a new webpage, ADA.org/OralHealthInSchools
The page, Championing Oral Health in Schools, connects dental professionals with ways they can become involved in school-based oral health and serves an aggregate for other sources of credible information about oral health education in schools, Head Start programs, prevention programs, school screening programs and more.
"A quick read of the webpage will inform dentists about school based oral health," said Dr. Bill Gerlach, chair of the council's Prevention Subcommittee and a Texas dentist. "It might pique their interest in becoming involved in school-based oral health projects."
School-based oral health programs address access to care issues for students by helping remove barriers to care, such as travel or guardians who don't have time to take off work to take their child to a health care provider, said Dr. Gerlach. This is especially important in the many parts of the U.S. that are dental professional shortage areas, he said.
With school-based health care, parents don't miss work and students don't miss school hours, Dr. Gerlach said.
"A great outcome from this website would be for dentists to become interested in investigating opportunities to become involved, in some capacity, in school-based oral health care," he said.
For more information about the new webpage or school-based health care, contact Sharee Clough, ADA manager for preventive health activities, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The webpage is available at ADA.org/OralHealthInSchools