School Oral Health Services
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- Implementing school-based oral health services more widely could significantly improve the state of children’s oral health in our nation. 1
- Relevant, age-appropriate oral health education combined with, at minimum, preventive oral health services provided at school would benefit students at all grade levels. Additionally, access to school-based oral health services would address some of the issues that parents face when attempting to access oral health care for their children. 2
- Incorporating oral health services into school-based health centers would contribute to improved academic performance and better quality of life for students at all grade levels. 2
- School-based health centers are an ideal setting to meet the oral health care needs of school-aged children. School-based health centers overcome traditional barriers to serve ethnically and racially diverse clients, groups that experience the greatest likelihood of being underinsured or uninsured and who face significant challenges accessing health care. 1
- Increasing parents’ health literacy and self-efficacy by teaching them how to navigate both health insurance and health care systems could reduce parents’ frustration. School-based oral health programs could become the link between parents who have little experience with oral health care and a complex health insurance system that many parents do not understand. 3
- School-based oral health programs that deliver care via alternative work force models (e.g., using Extended Care Permit dental hygienists) may be an effective way to improve the oral health status of children from families with low incomes. 4
- Children and adolescents from families with low incomes who use oral health services at school-based oral health program and follow the risk-based care recommended guidelines can significantly decrease their risk for dental caries and onset of new disease. 5
- Intensive toothbrushing instruction, particularly when accompanied by daily distribution of free pre-pasted toothbrushes, may lead to improved oral hygiene among children living below the federal poverty level. 6
- School nurses, who tend to know families and understand how to meet students’ needs in a culturally sensitive manner, are ideally situated to serve as oral health champions for school-based dental clinics. 7
- Almost one-fourth of traumatic oral injuries occur at schools or in their surroundings. Having a tooth knocked out is a serious injury that can result in many oral health problems. 8
- Keeton V, Soleimanpour S, Brindis C. 2012. School-based health centers in an era of health care reform: Building on history. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care 42(6):132–156.
- Dodd VJ, Logan H, Brown CD, Calderon A, Catalanotto F. 2014. Perceptions of oral health, preventive care, and care-seeking behaviors among rural adolescents. Journal of School Health 84(12):802–809.
- Cortes DE, Réategui-Sharpe L, Spiro III A, García RI. 2012. Factors affecting children’s oral health: Perceptions among Latino parents. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 72(1):82–89.
- Simmer-Beck M, Walker M, Gadbury-Amyot C, Liu Y, Kelly P, Branson B. 2015. Effectiveness of an alternative dental workforce model on the oral health of low-income children in a school-based setting. American Journal of Public Health 105(9):1763–1769.
- Watanabe MK, Hostetler JT, Patel YM, Vergel JM, Bernardo MA, Foley ME. 2016. The impact of risk-based care on early childhood and youth populations. California Dental Journal 44(6):367–377.
- Colaizza LR, Tomar SL, Urdegar SM, Kass SH. 2016. Does the structure of dental hygiene instructions impact plaque control in primary school students? Journal of Dental Hygiene 89(3):180–189.
- Carpino R, Walker MP, Liu Y, Simmer-Beck M. 2016. Assessing the effectiveness of a school-based dental clinic on the oral health of children who lack access to dental care: A program evaluation. Journal of School Nursing [Epub ahead of print].
- Baginska J, Wilczynska-Borawska M. 2012. First-aid algorithms in dental avulsion. The Journal of School Nursing 28(2):90–94.
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