Children International works with a host of partners to provide annual health and dental screenings for Pre-K through fifth grade students in the five partner elementary schools. All students attending the five partner schools receive an annual health screening, once parents complete permission forms.
The Future Smiles Dental Program is a comprehensive dental initiative aimed at improving the oral health of thousands of children. Services include:
- Annual dental screening
- Dental sealants
- Fluoride varnish
- Restorative care at the Future Smiles Dental Clinic
Dental screenings and toothbrush kits are provided on-site at the partner schools during the fall semester and during CI annual events. All students attending the school are eligible once parent permission is granted. Over the past 12 years, more than 23,000 students have received dental screenings, toothbrush kits and dental education. This year, alone, we completed 1,679 CI health assessments & 717 non-CI health assessments.Â This number exceeds the total planned of 1,701 by 40%.
Dental sealants are provided on-site at the elementary schools with portable dental equipment. Dental sealants are plastic coatings placed on the chewing surfaces of back teeth to seal out the food and bacteria. UAMS Department of Dental Hygiene faculty and students, as well as volunteer dental professionals, provide sealants from February through March every year.
Pulaski Technical College’s Dental Assistance Program students are improving the oral health of children by providing two fluoride varnish treatments, a substance painted directly on teeth th reduce tooth decay. To get the best results, we recommend children eat soft foods for the rest of the day and avoid brushing until the next morning.
In addition to the services mentioned above, UAMS Department of Dental Hygiene provides x-rays, cleanings and sealants for students at the Dental Hygiene clinic. CI staff transport the children during the school year.
Restorative care is provided at Children International’s Future Smiles Dental Clinic, the only school-based dental clinic in Arkansas. The clinic targets children without dental insurance and those with Medicaid/ARKids 1st.