Chil­dren re­ceive den­tal check-ups at school

La Semana - - FRONT PAGE / PORTADA -

Hun­dreds of chil­dren are re­ceiv­ing den­tal check-ups in their schools to­tally free thanks to an agree­ment be­tween Tulsa area pub­lic schools and Com­mu­nity Health Con­nec­tion’s Den­tal depart­ment.

This pro­gram has been cre­ated to mon­i­tor the oral health of chil­dren, pro­vided that they have prior per­mis­sion from their par­ents so that they can be cared for and any den­tal prob­lems be de­tected at an early age.

Last Mon­day a to­tal of 100 chil­dren were served at Ochoa Ele­men­tary near 31st and Gar­nett by Feli­cia Cis­neros and Martha Cacis, staff from Com­mu­nity Health Con­nec­tion. Their job was to de­ter­mine if the chil­dren had any prob­lems with their teeth, and if so, to re­fer the chil­dren to a spe­cial­ist in any of the two Com­mu­nity Health branches. The in­ter­est­ing thing about this pro­gram is that any child can be treated by a den­tist, re­gard­less of whether they have den­tal in­sur­ance or not. Com­mu­nity Health Con­nec­tion is based on a pro­gram that serves peo­ple ac­cord­ing to their in­come. This is how ser­vice costs and pay­ment rates are de­ter­mined, which are car­ried out in a per­son­al­ized man­ner for each case.

Ca­sis said that if any per­son is in­ter­ested in re­ceiv­ing this ser­vice, they can go to the CHC of­fices, since they also speak Span­ish, and de­ter­mine what their pay­ment sit­u­a­tion might be.

This oral health pro­gram in schools will con­tinue in the fol­low­ing months in dif­fer­ent schools through­out the city.

If you are in­ter­ested in your child re­ceiv­ing a free check-up, please con­tact your school’s of­fice to ask about the ex­act date on which the den­tal staff of Com­mu­nity Health Con­nec­tion will be vis­it­ing that in­sti­tu­tion. (La Se­m­ana)

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