Dental Center

  • Dental Center Presentation

    Among those age 20 to 64 years, more than 90% have at least one cavity and 27% have untreated tooth decay, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Tooth decay and gum disease can lead to severe pain and discomfort. Dental diseases can start early in life and are chronic and cumulative in nature. Nationally, we know that dental disease is the most chronic childhood disease. An estimated 52 million school hours per year are lost because of dental-related illnesses. We also know that most dental disease is preventable and requires a minimum of time, money, and energy to prevent.

    The objectives of the Reading School District Dental Hygiene Services Program are threefold: to provide students with early identification of dental problems, to educate students about the importance of dental health, and to provide students with the means of achieving and maintaining dental health throughout their lifetimes.

    Through dental health evaluations performed by our certified school dental hygienists, dental problems can be identified early, making it possible for students to better recognize and understand their particular dental needs.

    Through dental health educational programs, students gain a better understanding of the importance of dental health and the devastating effects of untreated dental problems, and as a result will adopt attitudes and behaviors that promote the prevention of dental diseases.

    Through follow-up procedures, parents/guardians are notified about dental problems of their child(ren) and the availability of dental treatment facilities in our community, as well as insurance, transportation, and free dental clinic information.

    The ultimate goal of the Reading School District Dental Hygiene Services Programs is to have all students attain and maintain a state of optimum dental health throughout their lifetimes.

Our Dental Health Services Program

  • The Reading School District employs two Certified School Dental Hygienists (CSDH) who provide a state approved Dental Hygiene Services Program for students. The following dental health programs have been planned for students:

    Kindergarten:           
    A Crest-Kit Brush-In Drill will teach students proper tooth brushing technique. The four steps to healthy teeth will be introduced; daily brushing, flossing, regular dental visits, and eating healthy snacks.

    First grade:               
    Dental evaluation to evaluate the dental status of the student. Tooth brush instruction is included along with notification to parents regarding any dental problems.

    Second grade:           
    Sealant educational program to reinforce good oral hygiene and the importance of sealants.

    Third grade:              
    Dental evaluation to evaluate the dental status of the student. Tooth brush instruction is included along with notification to parents regarding any dental problems.

    Fourth grade:            
    Tooth brushing educational program to reinforce previous dental lessons including proper tooth brushing, review of dental diseases, causes, prevention and treatment.

    Fifth grade:               
    The Plaque Control education program which includes educating the student regarding cavities, gingivitis (gum disease), proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques.

    Sixth grade:              
    Plaque Control Program Review which includes assessment of student knowledge of the Plaque Control education program.

    Seventh grade:          
    Dental evaluation to evaluate the dental status of the student. Tooth brush instruction is included along with notification to parents regarding any dental problems.

    Eighth-Twelfth grades:
    Dental Safety education program to define the importance of preventing dental accidents, and to offer instruction on the proper response to dental injuries.

    Special Education and ELA (English Language Acquisition):
    Dental evaluation to evaluate the dental status of the student. Tooth brush instruction is included along with notification to parents regarding any dental problems.

Announcements

  • Did You Know?

    February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and February 7 is Certified School Dental Hygienist Day.

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  • New: Oral Health Website

    Our Certified School Dental Hygienists LouAnn Hohl and Tanya Phillips serve on the Oral Health Task Force and helped to develop the new "Brush Up Berks" website, which includes tips, advice and videos about the importance of good dental hygiene. Visit: http://brushupberks.com/.

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Contact

  • Anne Fisher


    Anne Fisher,
    M.Ed., BSN, RN, CSN

    Director of Student Support Services
    484-258-7000 Ext. 01012


    Dr. LouAnn Hohl
    Certified School Dental Hygienist

    Tanya Phillips, MSDH, RDH, PHDHP, CSDH

    Certified School Dental Hygienist