Dental Program

Our Dental Program brings positive change to elementary students by providing funds to the Salem-Keizer School District's Dental Education and Screenings Program which assesses overall dental health, identifies dental problems and educates second and fifth grade student in 23 low-income schools about caring for their teeth.

In the spring of 2007, the Joseph and Susan Robertson Endowment Fund approved using $4,000 of the fund for the Robertson Dental Program.

In cooperation with the Salem-Keizer School District, approximately $1,000 per year for four years will be used for the District's Dental Education Screenings program which assesses, identifies and educates second and fifth grade students in 23 low income schools. Dental needs are critical to young people and the school-based project is the cornerstone of prevention efforts and the foundation and prerequisite for dental treatment referrals to one of four access-to-treatment resources made possible by local volunteer providers.

As an example of the scope of the program, the the following numbers track this program's services from September, 2007 through February, 2008:

17 elementary schools were visited: 
  • # of students educated
  • # of students screened
  • # of students identified with:
    • urgent dental problems
    • obvious cavities
    • minor cavities
    • no obvious dental problems