Convenience + cleanings = CHOMPERS.
In its second year, the dental program at Fairgrieve Elementary has offered a variety of in-school dental hygiene services for students, without having to be excused from the building.
Dental hygienist Jessica Overton said she sees an average of 13 student patients each day appointments are offered and since she has more availability, she would like to accommodate more children in order to work at Fairgrieve on a regular weekly basis.
A huge benefit, she said, is students in grades pre-kindergarten through six only step away from their classroom for about 20 minutes.
There’s no transportation time and no wait time, as there typically is in a traditional dental setting.
About 25 percent of the student body has visited Overton already for cleanings, dental education, sealants, fluoride treatments, oral evaluations or oral cancer screenings.
Insurance companies are billed, so there is no out-of-pocket cost to parents.
If families do not have insurance, the program will connect families to necessary means to obtain insurance.
If students are seen by Overton at least once during the school year, they may still see their regular dentist for additional required work and their second cleaning during the summer.
“We still want them to have a dental home,” she said.
CHOMPERS is offered in partnership with the Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc. and the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York. To enroll a child, contact Fairgrieve’s main office at (315) 593-5550.