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Mobile dentistry coming to JP

posted Jul 17, 2017, 5:16 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 17, 2017, 5:16 PM ]
The Bartlesville Board of Education has approved an agreement with Smile, It’s Healthy LLC to provide a mobile dentist program that will set up 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, 2017 it was explained that parents decide whether or not to opt-in to the program, which will provide oral health screening and preventative cleaning. It also will provide 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. 

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 nation-wide provide care for Medicaid-eligible patients. It is estimated that 350 students will benefit from the services, reducing school hours lost to poor oral hygiene and improving outcomes for students.

The first session in September will be for oral health screenings and preventative services. 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 organization expects to see 100 students each day, with four dentists and their equipment set up in space provided at the school.

A consent form will be 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.
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