Our elementary School Program has been growing rapidly. In King County, we serve the districts of Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Tukwila and one school in Seattle.
Our first objective is identify urgent needs. A licensed dentist or registered dental hygienist (RDH) screens each child for visible decay and urgent dental issues. Any we find are immediately referred to the school nurse so that parents can be contacted and follow-up care from a local dentist can be scheduled.
Our second objective is to reduce decay by providing cavity prevention cleanings, sealants and fluoride varnishes. This strategy has proven to be effective at reducing cavities by more than 85%. Each child we serve goes home with a goodie bag filled with oral care items and an oral health report card with information for their parents.
Our third objective is to reduce the number of students who return the next year with the same untreated decay that was noted in the previous year. In its existing schools, Smile Partners has cut the "visible decay" rate in half from 32% to 16% during the past five years.