Monday, October 11, 2021 11:00 am
Seal Oklahoma Students Clinic Provides Free Dental Care to Local Students
Lawton Eisenhower Elementary School students receive sealants from portable dental clinic
Dental hygienist (left) and Lawton Mayor Stan Booker (right) interact with second grade patient.
LAWTON (Oct. 11, 2021) – Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation, the philanthropic affiliate of Delta Dental of Oklahoma and the state's largest contributor to dental health and education-related initiatives, partnered with the Oklahoma Dental Hygienists Association to host a Seal Oklahoma Students (SOS) clinic for Lawton Eisenhower Elementary School students on Oct. 7 and 8. The SOS clinic provided second grade students with sealants, clear plastic coatings that protect permanent molars.
Around age seven, children's molars become exposed. Sealants prevent food and bacteria from hiding in difficult-to-reach molars. Studies have shown sealants decrease the chances of tooth decay by more than 80 percent, and school-aged children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than those with sealants. Dental sealants can last five to 10 years.
"Our Seal Oklahoma Students (SOS) project provides free dental sealants and helps explain the importance of ongoing oral health care," said Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation Director Terrisa Singleton. "When a child regularly visits a dentist, they are told when it is time for sealants. This clinic fills in the gaps for those who might miss that guidance and provides critical preventive care."
In addition to providing sealants, the SOS clinic educated parents and children on dental hygiene and referred them to nearby dental offices for ongoing preventive maintenance.
"Dental sealants and fluoride help prevent cavities, but they can't do it alone. We teach students to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss once a day, eat a balanced diet, and visit the dentist to maintain their dental health," said Oklahoma Dental Hygienists Association President Laurie Humphrey. "We are proud to work with the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation to provide education and painless sealants to students."
Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation is the philanthropic affiliate of Delta Dental of Oklahoma and is the state’s single largest contributor to dental health and education-related projects and initiatives. The Foundation is funded entirely by proceeds from Delta Dental of Oklahoma. For more information, visit DDOKFoundation.org.
Oklahoma Dental Hygienists Association’s mission is to improve the public’s total health and advance the art and science of dental hygiene by ensuring access to quality oral health care, increasing awareness of prevention, promoting the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure, practice and research, and representing and promoting the interests of dental hygienists. For more information about Oklahoma Dental Hygienists Association, please visit OKDHA.org.