MFHC is Celebrating with SMILES and the MFHC Dental Van
MFHC is celebrating this important yearly recognition of the importance of children’s dental health with the opening of our first SMILES site, and our soon to be opened Mountain Family Health Centers Dental Van.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health in America, issued in 2000:
- Over 50% of children ages five to nine have at least one cavity or filling, and this increases to 78% percent among 17-year-olds
- Dental caries (tooth decay) is the single most common chronic childhood disease. It is five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than seasonal allergies
- Over 50% of children ages five to nine have at least one cavity or filling, increasing to 78% percent among 17-year-olds
- Poverty and under- and un-insurance are strong predictors of inadequate dental care
- Social impacts of oral diseases in children is substantial. More than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illness. Pain and suffering due to untreated diseases can lead to problems in eating, speaking and attending to learning
MFHC will increase access to dental care with the new SMILES program, set to launch at the Avon SBHC this month, followed by two additional sites at Bea Underwood Elementary School and Grand Valley Family Learning Center in Parachute, and MFHC’s sixth site, the Mountain Family Health Centers Dental Van, which is a mobile dental vehicle.
The Dental Van will be delivered in late February, for a March 10th opening and a March 15th Grand Opening. The Van will be parked at the Eagle County Community Center in El Jebel (0020 Eagle County Drive). The Van will be open four days per week from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed Wednesdays) with Dr. Stephen Glass providing dental care on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Anai Quezada providing dental hygiene services on Fridays. Ricardo Zavala is our Lead Dental Assistant on the Van.
Services provided on the Dental Van will include dental prevention, dental cleanings, sealant placement, topical fluoride applications, complete dental evaluations, emergency Dental procedures, simple extractions, fillings and simple removable devices to replace missing teeth. Those in need of more complex dental treatment will be referred to MFHC Rifle.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month was last modified: February 1st, 2017 by