Roseman’s fourth annual Back to School Brush-Up™ event was held last month in an effort to prevent children from missing school due to dental pain. Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) students from Roseman’s College of Dental Medicine at the South Jordan Campus provided free dental screenings and cleanings to children grades K-12.
“The goal of this event was two-fold: first, to provide a positive dental experience for these children and make them life-long dental patients without the fear of going to a dentist and second, to raise awareness to the media and to the community of the unmet oral health needs of children in the local population,” said Frank Licari, Roseman University College of Dental Medicine Dean.
It is estimated that as many as 17 million children suffer from untreated tooth decay, making it the single most common chronic childhood disease in the United States and tooth pain and other oral health problems account for about 51 million hours of missed school every year. Each year Roseman puts on Back to School Brush-Up™ in August and Give Kids a Smile in February, events focused on reducing the number of hours children miss school due to dental pain. These events also focus on the importance of oral health in hopes that children create habits of good oral hygiene now, preventing serious mouth issues later in life.
At the event Roseman successfully treated 471 children. Of those 471 children, 67.5 percent did not have dental insurance coverage and 68.2 percent did not have a regular dentist. Those in attendance participated in an oral health education carnival and also received a voucher to return to The Dental Clinic at Roseman University for a free comprehensive exam, free x-rays, and up to $50 in additional care.