On Thursday, October 23rd representatives from the Shingletown Medical Center (SMC) went to the three schools: Black Butte’s pre-, elementary and junior high schools, and provided screening and fluoride treatments to 80 of the students. After the treatments, each student received a letter addressed to the parents on what was done and whether or not cavities were found. Each student was also given educational materials to take home with them.
Nancy Moffett, RN at the medical center, stated; “Many of these children don’t have a regular dentist and have not seen a dental provider within the last year, so these treatments are the only preventive assistance they have received.” She went on to say; “We are very excited about helping the community with this program and are looking forward to future opportunities.” One of the future events SMC will be involved with is the Nationwide “Give Kids A Smile” program put on by the American Dental Association. This program is a nationwide dental education day taking place on February 6th, 2015. More on this event will follow as the date approaches.
For the past several years, SMC has put on the screening and fluoride treatment clinic at the schools, but this year was very special due to the kind actions of Suzy Stevenson from the Record Searchlight. The Record Searchlight’s parent company is the Scripps Howard Foundation. The Scripps Foundation has a “Community Fund” grant program that is setup to provide for education, social service, arts and culture, and health and human services – aimed at improving the quality of life in the communities it serves. The Foundation’s Community Fund was established in 1998 through the generosity of the founder’s grandson, who wanted to “give back.”
Suzy organized a “dental hygiene” drive at the Record Searchlight for the Shingletown Medical Center’s fluoride treatment clinic and was able to gather over 50 toothbrushes, 30 tubes of toothpaste, floss, and over 75 bottles of mouthwash. Through Suzy’s efforts, SMC was eligible for a grant from the Scripp’s Foundation, which enabled the medical center to purchase a Urine Chemistry Analyzer. This analyzer will help standardize the test measurements for these tests and decrease human error in reading the “dipstick test strip. A huge thank you goes out to Suzy for her efforts and the kind generosity of the Record Searchlight employees and the Scripp’s Foundation for their generous donation.
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