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Dental Care for WAJ Students

“We did a lot of good work,” said Jacqueline Goddeau, Dental Manager for the Columbia Memorial Hospital.  Dental care and education equals better oral health for students at Windham Ashland Jewett (WAJ) Central School. With both children and parents served, all would agree that a lot of good was accomplished.  Columbia Memorial Hospital’s Mobile Dental Health Services unit received funding from the Windham Chapter Foundation to provide dental services for student in grades K – 12th.   Dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, exams and digital x-rays, fillings and simple extractions were offered at the dental van to all participating WAJ students and their families. Columbia Memorial Hospital’s dental director, Barry Steinberg, DDS was especially grateful for this funding. “I would like to thank the Windham Chapter for their generous donation which allowed us to help so many children and parents.” The Hospital’s Mobile Dental Health Services team consisted of a licensed dentist, registered dental hygienist, dental assistant, and dental manager.  The van was stationed at WAJ Central School in late March and early April.  The program also provided in-classroom oral health education sessions, and a dental prevention and sealant program for 3rd grade students as well. Dental appointments and education sessions were coordinated over a three week period with Bunny Tompkins, school nurse.  “It was nice for me to be a part of providing this needed care in my old home town,” said Jacqueline.  It propels me to keep doing what we are doing so we can prevent the children from extensive decay in their futures.”  “Windham is very fortunate to have the Windham Chapter.  They do so much for our community, said Bunny.

 

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