Program Overview: Oral Health and Show Me Healthy Women

It’s Souptember!
September 8, 2017

Desk cluttered with office supplies

Oral Health—Once school starts we get very busy doing the dental screenings/fluoride varnish in schools & daycares in Cape Girardeau & Scott County.  The supplies start rolling in. All supplies needed for the screenings and varnish applications are provided to us free of charge through the Oral Health Preventive Service Program under the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.   They send toothbrushes (size appropriate for age), toothpaste, floss (4th graders up), coloring books, bookmarks, mirror clings, & brushing/flossing information cards.   After the children receive their varnish they are given a paper that states for their parents for them NO BRUSHING that night.  The boys just love this.  We have awesome nurses in all the schools that work with us as well as PTO volunteers.  I also bring some volunteers that are wonderful workers.  We have all had the dental training that is provided by the state on their website.  We provide dental screenings & fluoride varnish (parental permission) for children from the ages of 2-18.  I start ordering the materials four weeks prior to the screening dates.  I then get the roster of students from each school and daycare and pack the goody bags for the teachers & daycare workers.  When I first started I let the kids pick the color of the toothbrushes out.  This took too much time.  It is so much easier for the teacher to just grab the bag and go.  We have dental scholarship funds available for children who are not covered by Medicaid or insurance.  We help with just a portion of the bill.  We have funds now available for some adults as well.  Project Homeless Connect is on October 6 at the Osage Centre.  We do medical and dental services on site.

Show Me Healthy Women (SMHW) offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings for Missouri women who meet age, income and insurance guidelines.

Guidelines

  • Income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level for household income, and
  • Age 35 to 64, or older if they do not receive Medicare Part B, and
  • No insurance to cover program services

 

October is also the Pink Up event at St. Francis Medical Center.  This year there will not be a luncheon.  The silent auction will be held at the Pink Up event on October 3 from 6-8 pm.  Please look out your window about 7:30 pm for the wonderful fireworks.