Dr. Johanna DeYoung, City of Houston Health and Human Services, provides dental care to a student.
Over 750 Pasadena ISD second grade students received free dental care this week during Project Saving Smiles at the Frank Braden Carmen Educational Center in the Carmen Orozco Professional Development Complex.
The center was transformed into a dental clinic, providing students with preventative services including screenings, dental sealants, fluoride varnishes, pre- and post- tests and oral health education.
It was the kind of initiative that could make parents smile from ear to ear.
“The key to successful oral health includes early screening, intervention and education,” Darla Massey-Jones, executive director of administrative services said. “In Pasadena ISD, we focus on the health and education of the whole child. Oral health is a vital piece of overall student health.”
The Houston Health Department and the Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services teamed up with Pasadena ISD for the initiative to help reduce dental cavities and decrease school absences due to oral health problems among young children, which according to Dr. Johanna DeYoung with the City of Houston Health and Human Services, is a trending problem.
“By targeting second graders, we find some students who have dental decay and need restorative care,” Dr. DeYoung said. “But prevention is easy, it’s the treatment that can be scary.”
For more information about Project Saving Smiles, visit: http://www.houstontx.gov/health/saving_smiles.html