Children's Dental Network
August 10, 2020
Dear parents and guardians,
The Children’s Dental Network hope you and your families are doing well with all the challenges we have faced since last March. Many of your children missed out on the school dental services they normally receive in the spring. We would like you to know that our program is working diligently to prepare for the 2020-21 school year so we may continue to provide dental services to children in the community without access to dental care.
If your child does not have access to dental care for any reason, please complete and sign the attached permission form and return it to school. We hope your child will receive treatment at school this year but we will contact you to make other arrangements if needed.
The Children’s Dental Network follows all infection control protocols established by the CDC, OSHA and the ADA (American Dental Association). We use disposable supplies whenever possible and have an autoclave on site for routine sterilization procedures. New masks and gloves are used on each patient. The preventive dental services we provide include dental screenings, guided tooth brushing instruction, fluoride varnish to strengthen tooth enamel, sealants to prevent cavities on molars, temporary fillings and a special fluoride that halts decay that has already started. Our services are considered safe, non-invasive and aerosol free. There is no drilling, no shots and no pain. We also offer referrals to dental offices if more comprehensive care is needed, usually at no cost to the family. Our program helps to fill the gap for families without a dentist, families without dental insurance or families in transition.
We were pleased to provide treatment to your child last fall prior to the closing of schools in March and we look forward to another successful year. To learn more about our program, please visit the website listed above or call me personally with any questions. We look forward to seeing your child during the 2020-21 school year.
Dianne Powers, RDH, CPHDH Program Director
NOTE: If you need paper copies of the permission form please call the office and we will make sure a paper copy goes home with your child.
Greater Derry Oral Health Collaborative Corporation Children’s Dental Network Summary
Derry Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle Schools and DEEP Greater Derry Oral Health Collaborative Corporation (GDOHCC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For 26 years, our Children’s Dental Network (CDN) program has been providing oral health services for Derry students with the generous funding from the Alexander Eastman Foundation and support from local dentists. Thanks to additional support from principals, nurses, teachers and other school staff, we are proud to share the results of our partnership during the 2018-19 school year.
- Oral Health Education for grades K- 5: delivered by Dianne Powers, RDH, Program Director and Kendra Kuba, RDH. (2,025 students/107 classrooms)
- Dental screenings were performed in the fall for students PreK- grade 2 by local volunteer dentists. Written results were sent home with each student that was screened. (288 students)
- Dental treatments were provided for students in PreK - grade 8 without access to routine preventive dental care. (237-fall 224-spring)
- 461 dental cleanings and fluoride varnish applications provided
- 889 teeth received preventive dental sealants
- 53 temporary fillings were placed
- 163 teeth received silver diamine fluoride to stop decay progression
- Written results for parents, as well as a toothbrush and toothpaste, were sent home with each treated child.
- Follow-up letters were mailed to parents with recommendations for treatment and offers for further assistance if needed.
- Every effort was made to contact parents the same day if urgent needs were found. (15 students) Donated treatment was also arranged when needed.
During the 2018-19 school year, CDN provided preventive dental services to children without access to dental care in Derry, Londonderry, Chester, Sandown, Hampstead and Windham with a total clinical value of $171,956.
Thank you to all our school communities for supporting this valuable oral health program. Please feel free to call with any questions.