Follow-Up Clinic Offers Care For Local Children
The Foundation for Children's Dental Health teamed with local dentists to improve more than 50 smiles
Over 40 children were treated at the Foundation for Children’s Dental Health Clinic on June 2, 2007 and 18 children received additional care on June 16, 2007. For the first time in its history, the foundation teamed up with local dentist to provide six-month follow up care to children previously treated at the foundation’s sponsored Mobile Dental Clinic in October 2006 in Newhall.
Clinic participants received a consultation, cleaning and oral hygiene education. This clinic came as a result from the last Mobile Dental Clinic in October 2006; at that clinic we treated 101 children and they were some of the worst cases we had seen to date.
“Due to the high cost of medical and dental benefits, many of our local children are silently suffering of dental disease. It is evident that children are not practicing good oral hygiene habits or getting routine check ups,” commented Foundation Director Ericka Watson.
Children who were previously treated by the Foundation for Children’s Dental Health in October 2006, resurfaced as needing urgent dental care. Parents and children reported that the only treatment received was by the foundation through a Mobile Dental Clinic.
According to a study conducted by The Dental Health Foundation approximately 175,000 children in California are in need of urgent dental care.
The mission of the Foundation for Children’s Dental Health’s is to provide free dental care to our local school children who are from low income families and do not have the resources to obtain the care otherwise.
Dental disease affects children socially, emotionally, and physically. Recently, a 12-year-old boy in Maryland died due to an abscessed tooth. Due to a lack of resources and care, the young boy died from the bacteria that spread to his brain.
Dental disease is a preventable disease and we want to prevent that from ever happening to one of our Santa Clarita children.
“Prevention is the key to good oral health in children,” commented Watson. “Good habits such as brushing, flossing, and seeing a dentist regularly ensure a healthy smile that can last a lifetime. We are changing Santa Clarita one smile at a time, and need your support.”
The first “Community Clinic” was a partnership between the Foundation for Children’s Dental Healthm, Dr. Carla Abboud, Dr. Gina Dorfman, Dr. Kim, Dr. Go, Dr. Engel and their staff member. Volunteers included staff from both dental practices as well as students from local dental hygiene programs students.
For more information, please contact Executive Director Ericka Watson at (661) 296-8515 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.