School-based dental program supports more keiki with grant
Children in Hawaii have among the highest rates of tooth decay (cavities) in the nation with 71% of HawaiiThird-graders suffer from tooth decay, according to a 2015 report from the state Health Department. The report found that 7% needed urgent dental care, compared to the national rate of 1%. In addition, more than 60% of third-grade students in Hawaii had no sealants on the permanent molars.
Hawaii Dental Service (HDS) Foundation awarded a grant of $133,447 to continue the Hawaii Keiki-HDS Dental sealing program, a public school program that screened more than 650 children in the past school year, two-thirds of whom received free dental sealants. The program is funded by a partnership between the University of Hawaii at Manoa Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing (NAWSON) and the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE).
With the support of HDS Foundation, Hawaii Nurses, dentists and dental hygienists at Keiki School improve the oral and overall health of students. The program will continue to filter more HIDOE students during this new school year.
Our Hawaii The Keiki program is uniquely positioned to provide direct services to public school students
Developed in 2019, the Hawaii Keiki-HDS Dental Sealant Program works proactively to increase the number of children who receive dental sealants. The program coordinates dental screenings and provides on-site dental sealants to Title I public elementary schools in dire need. Dental sealants help prevent cavities on permanent molars, and the application of sealants is quick, non-invasive and painless. Sealants are regularly applied by a dentist to the keiki around the second or third year.
The Hawaii Keiki: Healthy and ready to learn the overall mission of the program is to keep keiki healthy and ready to learn by providing access to school nursing services in HawaiiI am from public schools.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with HDS foundation to collaboratively improve oral health and overall health across the state,” said Clementine Ceria-Ulepacting dean at NAWSON. “Our Hawaii The Keiki program is uniquely positioned to provide direct services to public school students. »
“HDS is proud to support this important sealing program to protect the oral health of HIDOE students,” said Diane Paloma, President and CEO of the Hawaii Dental Service. “Improving access to dental care in schools is helping families start good oral health habits now to ensure their children have a healthy smile for life.”
Bringing Oral Assessments to Schools
The Hawaii Keiki-HDS The dental sealant program provides free oral health assessments and dental sealants and brings licensed dentists and dental hygienists to the school to minimize student time out of class. Families of participating students receive assessment reports, referrals and oral care kits, and students in need of urgent dental care are referred to community dental service providers.
“Schools and parents love this program because we provide safe and effective sealants to prevent future cavities,” said Deborah Matheus, Hawaii Keiki-HDS Director of the dental cementation program. “In addition to sealing teeth, we screen students for urgent dental issues and refer them for immediate care. It’s hard to learn if you have a toothache. We also teach children the importance of brushing and flossing daily.
During the past school year, the program screened 653 public school students in 28 schools across OʻahuMaui and Kauaʻi, with 430 students, or about 66%, receiving dental sealants. In addition, screenings identified 31 children in need of urgent dental care.
“We are grateful for the important role HDS The Foundation acts as a community partner to uh Manoa NAWSON, Hawaii Keiki and the Hawaii Ministry of Education,” said Tim DolanUH Vice President of Advancement and CEO of the uh Foundation. “Mahalo to HDS Foundation to support this essential preventive service for Hawaiiit’s keiki.